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Issue:- Saturday, 28 November 2015

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Teaching assistant shares her wait for a kidney as part of national campaign

A teaching assistant is video blogging her wait for a kidney as a national campaign highlights the number of patients waiting for transplants across the UK.  Figures released by NHS Blood and Transplant show that of the 7000 patients in the UK currently waiting on the transplant list, 30% have been waiting more than 2 years while 500 have been waiting for longer than 5 years. Across Merseyside, more than 180 people are currently waiting for a life changing kidney transplant.

Holly, 28, has been sharing her experiences of dialysis and the anxious wait for a suitable donor. The teaching assistant, whose first video blog about her wait for a kidney has already been watched more than 3000 times, was 17 when she was diagnosed with kidney failure and told she would need to go on dialysis until a suitable donor was found. Despite family members being tested for a suitable kidney, none were compatible. Holly said:- "When I was told that I needed a new kidney, it was a huge shock to me and my family. Being on dialysis is very restrictive. One of the side effects is that I get very tired very easily, which means I can't take my dog, Buddy, for long walks and I have to plan my route to make sure there's a bench so I can rest."

After waiting for 3 years, Holly had her 1st transplant in 2008. However, after 6 years of living with a new kidney, Holly now needs another transplant and is back on a dialysis machine.  "I know that I'm waiting for someone; a family; to make a special decision. I want people to know that that decision can transform a life. It only takes a few minutes to register; those few minutes can make a big difference."

Holly, from Warrington, has been trained to use a dialysis machine at home, which now means she doesn't have to make the 40 mile round trip to the Royal for treatment 3 to 5 times a week.  "I would love to be able to live a normal life and get back to work and back to taking my dog for long walks; it's my favourite thing to do. Dialysis leaves me feeling completely wiped out, but it's keeping me alive."

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is a regional centre for kidney transplantation, treating patients from Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. In the last year the Royal performed 102 kidney transplants, 41 of which were form living donors. However there are still 185 people, like Holly, who are still on the waiting list in the Merseyside and Cheshire region.

Dr Peter Hampshire, clinical lead for organ donation at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, said:- "For many people that wait for an organ can extend into years and it's a wait where what you need the most may never come. Every day 3 people in need of a transplant across the UK die waiting for a donor. Compared to our everyday frustrations, the wait for a donated organ really is a matter of life and death. Joining the NHS Organ Donation Register can really make a difference; 1 donor could potentially change the lives of up to 8 lives."

You can join the register online or by calling:- 0300 123 2323.  You can also view Holly's video on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #TimeToSign.  Holly is also documenting her transplant on her blog.

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Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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