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Transplant girl`s family back call

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Brave teenager Sarah Laing came up with the rhyming name for her life-saving organ after helping another young dialysis patient come to terms with her condition.

At just 18 months old, Sarah was diagnosed with cystinosis, a rare genetic disease which affects just one in 250,000 people.

But since her transplant, the battling St Anthony`s School pupil`s quality of life has changed dramatically.

Now her family, from Moorside, are supporting our bid to boost the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register by 5,000.

Although almost 59,000 Wearsiders have signed up to donate their organs, the area is still below the national average.

"It`s a great idea," said Sarah`s mum Anne, who as a primary carer was unable to be a donor herself.

"It`s important for more to sign up to the register, as there`s not a lot of people who have immediate family members as suitable donors."

The cystinosis led to the failure of Sarah`s kidneys more than eight years ago, forcing her to have dialysis at Newcastle`s Royal Victoria Infirmary three days a week, 52 weeks a year.

After Sarah`s condition worsened, she was put on the transplant waiting list, and the family got the call they were waiting for last June - that a suitable donor had been found.

All they knew was the kidney came from a 42-year-old woman who had been in a traffic accident, but they are eternally grateful the lady was on the organ donor register to enable Sarah to have the transplant.

"It`s changed her life," said Anne. "She is much more mobile. She`s always a lot less tired and not as sick as she was."

Sarah is now eagerly awaiting her GCSE results on Thursday.

"She wants to go to art college at Shiney Row," said Anne, from Marlow Drive.

"Art has always been her passion. She wants to be an animator. She has a very vivid imagination."

©2007 Johnston Press Digital Publishing


Author: By Tim Booler
Source: Sunderland Echo
1.0 from 3 votes
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