Brighter future for kidney patients

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Raised by 2 people in 8 months
We are raising funds for research to help reduce organ donation rejection and improve life span of donated organs.

In March this year I donated my kidney  in a national kidney pooling/sharing scheme to a person unknown to me.  My motivation was my 25 year old niece, Shakti - who needed a kidney transplant urgently. Although I was a poor match for Shakti, through the National Living Donor Kidney Sharing Scheme (NLDKSS) a match was found and we had our operations on the same day at the Royal Free Hospital.   During our visits to Royal Free Hospital, we met many kidney patients who have waited anything up to five years for a kidney and those who have had transplants but suffered rejections later.  

This led Shakti and I to find out more about kidney rejections and whether it can be  prevented or reduced. We spoke to the renal team at Royal Free Hospital to find out more and are raising funds for this research  to help people like Shakti achieve an improved life span from their kidney transplant.   Our fundraising efforts are supported by the Royal Free Charity and we are very grateful for their help and support.  We have already raised over £2,000 but need more funds to get this research underway.

More about the research.   A  multi-centre study involving three major renal transplant centres for adult and paediatric patients in London has been set up to undertake  the ground-breaking study, which will be led by Mr Reza Motallebzadeh, PhD FRCS, Consultant Renal Transplant Surgeon, Royal Free Hospital.  From September 2018 teams from Royal Free Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Guy’s Hospital will be working with The UCL (University College London) Institute of Immunity and Transplantation.   This research will  look at the microbiota in kidney transplant rejection to find ways to reduce the threat of a kidney being rejected by the recipient's own immune system.

Why is this important?  Kidney transplants enhance the quality of life and survival in people with end-stage renal disease. Despite the dramatic advances of  techniques to reduce short-term transplant loss, complications do arise and these include acute rejection, which occurs in  far too many recipients within the first year. This remains the major obstacle to long-term survival of transplanted organs and is a significant challenge for the NHS teams that work tirelessly to perform transplants. And, for donors and recipients this is heartbreaking.  

Therefore, this research has become an urgent priority.

Your donations will help to find answers that will lead to better treatments and improved outcomes for all  concerned.
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