Gift of life for kidney
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A MOTHER is to give her five-year-old daughter the best present ever – a kidney transplant which will transform her life.

Ruby Juniper’s kidneys are failing and she now needs dialysis three times a week.

Amanda Juniper with her 5-year-old daughter Ruby.

Amanda Juniper with her 5-year-old daughter Ruby.

Now her mother Amanda has been accepted as a living donor for her little girl. Amanda said: “It’s the most fantastic news a mother could ever wish for. I’m not scared; I just can’t wait for Ruby to get this transplant.”

The youngster has already told her mother, and father Alan, that all she wants to do when she gets her new kidney is eat chocolate – which is severely rationed because of the special diet she is on.

Ruby, from Lower Wortley, Leeds, was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome in 2010.

The kidney condition causes protein from the blood to leak into urine, with fluid retention the main symptom. “

I’d never heard of it before as it’s quite rare,” Amanda said. “There are treatments but steroids didn’t work and that meant we had to go into hospital every weekend to have the fluid taken off her.”

Various medications did not work and now the condition has caused her kidneys to fail.

Since last September she has been on dialysis, with the Lower Wortley Primary School pupil at Leeds General Infirmary three times a week for the gruelling treatment as only 10 per cent of her kidneys are functioning.

“They take fluid off during dialysis and it can be quite painful,” said Amanda, an office manager.

“But she’s a little fighter; she’s done really well so far. She never complains.”