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Mum`s kidney could help save daughter`s life

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Mum Lesley Parker, 49, is waiting for the final tests to see if she will be able to be a donor for 33-year-old daughter Debbie Kinch.

Debbie, who suffers from rare genetic disease Allport`s syndrome, is losing her hearing and her eyesight is deteriorating; symptoms of the disease.

If Lesley`s kidney isn`t compatible and no other donor is found, Debbie will have to go on dialysis. But the prospect is bleak - dialysis can only keep the patient alive for several years.

Debbie said: "I`ll probably die if I don`t get a transplant. There is only so much my body can take because I`ve been ill all of my life.

"I`m not scared of death, it`s going to happen to all of us one day, but I would like the chance at life. I want to be able to get back into work again, I want to do something with my life."

Debbie, who dreams of returning to college and becoming a counsellor for those suffering illnesses, was diagnosed with the incurable condition at just seven-years-old.

She had been undergoing open heart surgery, for the hole in the heart she was born with, when the doctors discovered her illness.

Mum Lesley, of Abbeydale Gardens, Walkden will hear on Thursday, May 17 if her kidney is a suitable match.

The wait is an agonising one, but she knows if the results come back positive, her worry will be worth it.

She said: "I`m nervous about an operation, but maternal instinct means that if you`re child is ill you would do anything for them. If I can give Debbie a kidney and make it a better life for her, I`d do it tomorrow."

Although mum and daughter are both waiting for the news together, Debbie wasn`t best pleased at first when Lesley volunteered her help. She said: "I wasn`t very happy when I heard she wanted to do it, I was worried about her, I didn`t want her to go through any pain for me.

"She`s my best friend. I`ve come to terms with what she`s trying to do now, and I know I would do exactly the same for her or any of my family."

If the match is successful, both Debbie and Lesley will be undergoing the kidney transplant at Hope Hospital`s renal unit.

Debbie`s stepdad Steve Parker is preparing to run the Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 20 to raise cash for the unit. He will be dressed as a pink panto horse.

Debbie`s nephew, six-year-old Arle Daley-Kinch and nieces Cerys Openshaw, four and Mia Daley-Kinch, nine, will also be competing in a fun run to help the unit.

If you would like to sponsor Steve and the kids, email: mariel.kinch@btinernet.com or phone: 0161 790 6497.

Allport`s Syndrome is an inherited disorder involving damage to the kidney, blood in the urine and, in some families, causes deafness. The disorder may also include eye defects.

There is no cure for the illness other than a kidney transplant.

© Copyright 2007 Guardian Media Group

 

Author: By Laura Lynott
Source: Salford Advertiser
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