Emily Atkins Update – A Few Words From Emily’s Mum

Since Jim’s amazing cycle ride last summer, a lot has happened in the Atkins household.

Emily in hospital Thanks to the successful kidney transplant that took place on 1st July 2010, Emily’s quality of life has improved greatly. The donor kidney, from her dad Simon, is working well, meaning no more dialysis, diet restrictions and a new lease of life for Emily. Dad recovered well, he was discharged after 6 days and went back to work full-time, 12 weeks later.
Emily After a month in hospital and a couple of little hiccups, Emily returned to school in September, full of stories about her unusual summer holidays! Emily has been hospitalised a couple of times since the op, she’s had her two dialysis tubes removed but has had a more permanent tube placed in her stomach which she’s fed through every night. Instead of a fluid restriction, Emily has to have a minimum of 2 litres fluid as well as immune-suppressant medication to keep the kidney working. Along with all the other medication and frequent hospital visits Emily takes, her family and friends agree it’s a small price to pay to see such an improvement in her health.
Bethan Atkins

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