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Mary Dolan, a mother-of-two, has been compelled to surrender her job to cope with her son’s prognosis, common hospital appointments and drugs.
The 36-year-old from Enniskillen mentioned getting a prognosis had taken one and a half years as “medical doctors had been placing two and two collectively and developing with different issues”.
“He has autism and he had been incontinent,” mentioned Mary. “He doesn’t complain normally and can solely go to the physician when he’s bodily mendacity down.
“The prognosis took place round a month in the past after I rang the GP and he mentioned he thought it could be his appendix”, she added.
“I mentioned okay, however I knew in my head it wasn’t. However the GP noticed him and referred him to the hospital for appendix. I used to be glad we had been getting seen lastly.
“Simply to substantiate issues on the hospital they ran blood checks – and so they got here again not regular.
“Then they instructed me he had kidney failure and there was one thing not proper.
“Then they ran the scan and had been in a position to see he had just one kidney and that kidney was solely 17% working”.
Mary mentioned she was shocked on the information given she had been instructed “when he was born that he had two kidneys”.
“They mentioned they didn’t know the place the opposite kidney had gone,” she added,
“However there was no signal of it.
“To this present day I don’t perceive it. He was a wholesome little one aside from having the ache. He’s lively and drinks an terrible lot of water on daily basis.
“The medical doctors say all of the ingesting of water has stored his kidney working. He was examined for diabetes twice as a result of he was ingesting a lot”.
Mary mentioned Joshua goes into Major 5 in September and is “actually wanting ahead to getting again”.
“Anybody who meets him would suppose he’s a standard wee boy,” she added. “However he’s not going to get higher and desires a transplant.
“The hospital additionally discovered he has a coronary heart murmur which results in hypertension. The wee man is now on 15 tablets a day.”
Mary – who additionally has a 15-year-old son known as Ruairi, mentioned “our lives have modified with the prognosis”.
“If Joshua will get an appropriate kidney it’s a bonus, guess they should have his physique proper on the time and that would take six months.
“The medical doctors predict him to be on dialysis fairly quickly. They don’t suppose he’ll have the ability to go on as he’s. That may be a new scary highway we should go down at that stage.
“He’s nonetheless an lively boy however he has modified, you possibly can see his power ranges have gone down. And he says to me ‘Mummy I can’t do it’”.
Mary mentioned she launched a Gofundme web page to attempt to alleviate monetary stress on the household when they’re going by means of this “tough patch”.
“There are some days I’m on high of the world and different instances I don’t suppose I can deal with all of it,” she admitted.
“What is occurring to Joshua I’d take off him in a heartbeat – however I can’t. All I can do is wait.
“I’ve an enchantment by myself Fb web page in search of a kidney donor. We don’t have a giant household to get examined nevertheless it might be anybody who matches him might give him a kidney.
“It’s early days but and we’re hopeful”.
See Mary’s enchantment for help –
On this Gofundme Mary explains her latest trauma and appeals for prayers.
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