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A Newry toddler who has spent a lot of his life on dialysis is fronting a brand new Christmas fundraising attraction.
Olly Cartmill, who is 2 years previous, has helped launch the attraction by affected person assist charity Kidney Care UK.
He’s one among round 1,000 kids residing with childhood kidney illness within the UK.
Little Olly, who was born on Boxing Day 2019, has been on dialysis for the final 18 months.
He spends 84 hours each week on a machine which does the work of his kidneys.
As his physique is unable to course of toxins he’s additionally on a restricted fluid weight-reduction plan, which suggests he can solely have 100ml of water to drink every day.
Olly’s mum Dionne stated: “Olly’s beginning was a standard supply, and all his new child scans had been regular too. I couldn’t have had a greater Christmas current.
“But because the months progressed, we may see one thing wasn’t proper. We simply by no means anticipated it to be kidney failure and if it weren’t for a blood check, he would in all probability be useless.”
She added: “As we rejoice Christmas this 12 months, we are going to be glad about many issues, particularly those that have supported us all through this journey and who’ve given Olly an opportunity to be a baby.
“I don’t know the place we might be with out the assist of Kidney Care UK and the group on the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Youngsters.”
Banbridge lady Jo-Anne Dobson, Northern Eire Ambassador for Kidney Care UK and a residing kidney donor, stated: “As a younger mom I confronted precisely the identical scenario as Dionne when my second son Mark was born.
“Kidney Care UK is proud to assist kids, and adults, proper throughout Northern Eire who’re residing with kidney illness.
“We fund the kids every year to attend the Transplant Video games and supply devoted assist together with funding shared care nurses within the Western Belief and a renal counsellor within the Northern Belief.
“Nevertheless, none of this is able to be doable with out the terrific assist we obtain from the guts of the local people for which we’re actually grateful.”
Katie Hepworth, head of fundraising at Kidney Care UK, added: “Having kidney illness impacts each space of your life and impacts in your complete household. We’re right here to make sure that no-one faces this alone, and we need to be certain that kids with kidney illness are capable of thrive and reside their lives to the complete.
“We’re so grateful to Dionne and Olly for sharing their experiences with us and serving to to boost consciousness of kidney illness, and lift funds for the charity so we can assist different households in the identical scenario.”
Anybody wishing to donate can accomplish that at www.kidneycareuk.org/
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