Kidney disease is a serious condition that can affect anyone at any age, including children. Twelve children are on dialysis in B.C., almost 150 with non-dialysis chronic kidney disease and another 50 are in post-transplant care. These numbers may appear small but the impact on their lives is significant.
After months of re-scheduling cancelled appointments, my son David had now been on dialysis 12 hours a day, seven days a week for almost a year. After being told that another couple of weeks wouldn't make a difference for him, his transplant was moved yet again from May 11 to June 8. But another two weeks did make a difference for David; he suffered a stroke on June 5 and died on the very day I was to donate my kidney to him. But the story doesn't end there.
When I was a toddler and was limping instead of walking, my parents began to suspect something was wrong. I went to numerous