Mum's long wait for a donor

A MOTHER of two young boys who has been waiting on the organ donation register for three-and-a-half years says she feels like her life has been 'taken away' from her. Former air hostess Kiera Walters who lives in Rock Road, Yatton, contracted a rare viru

A MOTHER of two young boys who has been waiting on the organ donation register for three-and-a-half years says she feels like her life has been 'taken away' from her.Former air hostess Kiera Walters who lives in Rock Road, Yatton, contracted a rare virus called henoch schonlein purpura six-and-a-half years ago. It affected her kidneys and means she is on dialysis for four hours a day, three times a week.The 39-year-old says it upsets her that some days she cannot get out of bed and play with her sons, Yatton Junior School pupils, eight-year-old Declan and Callum, aged 11.She said: "I went to the doctors with a rash and when my GP did some tests he found I was leaking protein from my kidneys."I took steroids for seven months and I had chemotherapy for three months."Then the virus went into remission, but the damage to my kidneys was done."Within three years I was on dialysis as there was no other option. I have been on the waiting list for a kidney ever since."I can go on with dialysis as long as my body will take it but I do not know how long that is. I am looking now at having it five days a week."My sons are brilliant. They both know how the machine works. Callum has grown up with it."For the last couple of years we haven't managed to go abroad as we have to be able to go to a hospital so I can have dialysis."Next week we are going to Portugal for two weeks but I will have to go to a Portugese hospital six times while I am there."I don't think there are enough people who realise what it is like waiting for the phone to ring and to find out you have the organ."I have been told I am a priority but I have been on the list for three and half years. Some people wait up to 15 years."I feel like I am in limbo and my life has been taken away from me."Anyone who wants to find out more about becoming an organ donor can log onto www.uktransplant.org.uk or call 08456 0604000.* Pictured: Mum Kiera with her husband Mel and sons Callum and Declan.


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