Transplant Kids would
like to thank Making it Better - The Daniel Courtney Trust for their
generous contribution towards the annual running costs of the site.
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I am 12 years
old and had a “Living Donor Kidney Transplant” from my Mum 4 years
ago (I called my new kidney “Brian” !)
born with very badly damaged kidneys and at 10 days old (on the
night of the Canary Wharf bombing) I was rushed by “blue light
ambulance” to Guys’ Hospital in London where the fabulous medical
team saved my life. Much of the first year of my life was spent in
Guys’ Hospital overcoming major surgery and serious complications.
Up to the age of 8 years old the Doctors and Nurses managed to keep
what was left of my kidney function high enough for me to survive .
This required nearly weekly hospital visits and stays, tube feeding
with prescribed formula and lots of medications. The effects of
Chronic Kidney failure included not being able to eat, slow growth,
lack of energy and almost constant feelings of being sick.
Now I’ve received my new kidney I can eat and drink normally and my
life has been transformed .
always important to remember that transplantation is a treatment not
a cure and comes with some undesirable side-effects and the ever
present knowledge that the kidney will reject at some stage
(hopefully not for many years to come).
Attending the British Transplant Games has always been an awesome
occasion, I have taken part in many sports including Swimming,
Running, Table Tennis and Badminton, receiving several medals
including gold 2 years in a row for Table Tennis.
It’s a real honour to be chosen to represent the UK at the World
Transplant Games in Australia in 2009, especially as 12 years of age
is the minimum age for selection.