I was born with congenital renal failure, blocked ureters and constant infections,which lead to
my right kidney enlarging and being infected. I was only 2 months old when I had my right kidney
For the first few years of my life I had alot of operations from having a hole made in my
stomach where urine constantly came out and wearing nappies to having urostomy bags for most of
my school life in Kenya. It was very embarrassing for me I was bullied alot and made to feel
like I was the only one who had kidney problems. It was only when I came to London after my
GCSEs that I met young people like myself going through the same emotions mentally and
It was than that the doctors told me that my left kidney had failed and I needed a transplant.
All I remember is being very ill with infections, high fevers,sickness, alot of weakness and
losing alot of weight. After spending alot of time admitted in hospital I started hemodialysis.
Because of all the complications I had in my early years, I didn't have a growing bladder and
without a bladder having a transplant was impossible. In November 2000 I had my bladder
reconstruction surgery and I had no more holes in my stomach no more urostomy bags and that
definitely gave me alot more confidence.
In 2001 my amazing mother went for all the tests to be a donor and we were a perfect match.
I can't thank my mum enough for all that she has done for me all these years. I had my
kidney transplant and I was on the road to recovery. 3 years later I qualified as a beauty
I always wanted to make my parents proud and to show everyone that having kidney problems
didn't stop me from doing anything. I always dreamt of having my own beauty business and
although my family were worried about my health, I started my business in St Paul's. It was
definitely one of the happiest and proudest moments in my life.
Unfortunately towards the end of 2015 my consultant told me that my transplant was failing. I
remember telling him I never want to go back on dialysis. In Feb 2016 I had a seizure in my sleep
and my mum found me in a pool of blood. I had never experienced this before and luckily I recovered
well. from than on I was back on dialysis 3 times a week.
I was slowly giving up hope of having another transplant when on 15 September 2019 I got THE CALL
and I had my second transplant. To this day I can't explain the emotions I felt the day I got the
call. I can't thank the donor and his family enough and to the amazing doctors and surgeons who
saved my life once again.
Thinking back to when I had the seizure lost my business and freedom I felt like everyone had moved
forward whereas I moved back 20 years. It is very hard being the only one in my friends circle not
married. It's upsetting being judged or rejected because of my health and that really used upset me
and it made me distant from my brother's sisters and friends. I'm generally a very strong and
positive person but same days even that takes over you. When you have kidney failure you go through
alot of depression and it takes alot to be strong for yourself and family.
For someone who didn't have any confidence, I have helped others of all ages stay positive and have
the faith that things do get better. That's one of the main reasons why I decided to become a
volunteer peer educator for kidney research UK. I want to work with organisations to help raise
awareness in schools colleges and local communities about kidney disease and the importance of organ
donation. I feel it is important to educate people about supporting, understanding and helping other
people like myself with kidney disease. During my time on dialysis I wrote blogs about my life, have
been on national radio talking about organ donation and also written an article on BBC. I am a happy
smiling person no matter what I've been through and I want to spread the smile and help as much as I
GKF was founded by those who have gone through the
traumatic experience of renal diseases and are aware of the effects it can have on not only the
patients but also on their loved ones.
Provision of education among the general public and
organisations on all aspects relating to organ donations in ways thought fit by the trustees
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I was born with congenital renal failure, blocked ureters and constant infections,which lead to my right kidney enlarging and being infected. I was only 2 months old when I had my right kidney removed ...
I was 19-years-old when I first came to the UK for further qualifications. After completing my third year of university, I was diagnosed with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) while I was in Pakistan for holidays ...
Growing up I had a cheerful life through school to university, a blessed loving family, loyal loving friends and then later a beautiful loving batter half. I was happy, blessed and was content ...