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My daughter’s kidney transplant transformed our Christmas – Kidney Research UK

Transform treatments for children like Izzy

Despite the significant improvements for Izzy and her family post-transplant, the reality of current treatments for kidney disease is tough. The lives of about 30,000 patients in the UK are significantly affected by the need to visit hospital multiple times a week for long dialysis sessions with gruelling side-effects. Transplants can take years to receive and will only last an average of 20 years before another is needed. 

Izzy’s journey is by no means over, and Emma says: “Post-transplant, one of the things I find really difficult is a lot of people think once you’ve had your transplant you’re fixed. A lot of people are shocked that she’ll probably need another one – unless we’re really lucky.” 

At Kidney Research UK, we are funding crucial research into new and better treatments for the estimated 7.2 million people living with kidney disease in the UK. Help us to transform treatments and make transplants last forever, so that children like Izzy can live longer and happier lives with their new kidney.