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A walk to remember brave ‘Captain Wullie’ – Kidney Research UK

The beginning of his ordeal

“A week after we got back from Turkey he contracted sepsis,” says Susan, whose first husband, Frank, tragically passed away from a heart attack at the age of 41. “He had to take heavy intravenous antibiotics for a month, so his kidneys were absolutely finished after that. A transplant wasn’t an option.” 

From mid-August onwards, Wullie would travel to hospital three times a week to receive haemodialysis via a fistula in his arm.  

But sadly, after a brief period of stability, he received some devastating news. 

In 2020 his middle son, Liam, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. The news hit Wullie hard.  

“Liam was reeling at the world and didn’t want anyone, including Wullie, to see him ill,” explains Susan. “Wullie went round the bend, because he just wanted to give him a cuddle.” 

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, Susan was hospitalised with Covid-19. 

“In January 2021 I caught Covid and ended up in a coma for a week,” she says. “At one point my family was told to expect the worst.”