Desborough woman turns calendar girl after dad’s life-changing kidney donation

Kathryn Abraham's calendar pose. Photo by Lisa Thomson.
Kathryn Abraham's calendar pose. Photo by Lisa Thomson.

A Desborough woman who received a life-changing kidney transplant from her dad has taken part in a calendar shoot with other patients to raise awareness of organ donation.

Kathyrn Abraham, who grew up in Rushton, had the transplant in May 2013 after her kidneys deteriorated to the point where she was on dialysis.

Kathryn in hospital with her father, Kevin, after having the transplant.

Kathryn in hospital with her father, Kevin, after having the transplant.

Dad Kevin stepped in to donate at Leicester General Hospital after being tested as a donor.

And, having now taken part in the Transplant Troopers 2016 calendar shoot, 29-year-old Kathyrn says the donation has made an amazing difference to her life.

She said: “I was first diagnosed with kidney disease when I was 13 years old after being ill with Henoch Schonlein Purpura (HSP) for five months.

“The illness affected my whole body, my joints, stomach, muscles, and eventually my kidneys.

“I lived my life to the full as much as I could as my kidneys progressively declined.

“I went to university and then worked until finally my kidneys deteriorated to a point where I could no longer work and I ended up on dialysis.

“The difference the transplant has made to my life has been amazing – although I have to take medication for life and have regular check-ups, it’s a small price to pay for being able to live my life again.”

Kathryn has taken part in the calendar with 15 other transplant patients to raise money for a charity called Tackers, which brings together children who have had transplants.

She is also now a community champion volunteer for Kidney Research UK, something she takes great pride in.

The year 2014/15 saw 4,431 people in the UK have their lives saved or improved by an organ transplant, but the number of people who donated organs has fallen for the first time in 11 years.

The 1950s-style calendar acts to dramatise the life-changing effects a new organ can bring to someone’s life, and to highlight the achievements they have made because of their transplant.

Kathyrn added: “I can now work full time and this enabled me to buy my first house with my partner – something I never would have been able to do before because I found it difficult to work due to tiredness.

“Participating in the Transplant Troopers Calendar has been an amazing opportunity for me to promote organ donation and to meet some amazing and truly inspirational people who have had organ transplants and really are living life to the full again thanks to the amazing donors who have saved their lives.

“Without them, the calendar would never have been made.”

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