Sue and Sarah (left to right)
Sarah hasn't had the best of luck when it comes to hospital treatments so I can't blame her at all for feeling apprehensive about having a kidney transplant. Sue in comparison is calm as a cucumber when it comes to the subject of donating her kidney and is very happy to help her friend out.
As a result of lupus Sarah's kidneys failed and she has been doing peritoneal dialysis for the past few years and looks very well on it. Unfortunately back in 2004 a living donor transplant failed due to a bad botch up by the surgeon (luckily he is no longer operating in the UK...phew.) I can't imagine how hard that must have been to go through the whole transplant process only to have to have the kidney removed as it wasn't plumbed in correctly. Anyway, luckily Sue is a perfect match...so much so that they could be sisters. They are just waiting for Sarah to gain some more antibodies so she is an even better match for Sue (there is a much more complicated way of going into this but am sticking to the simple explanation!) and then they can go ahead with the transplant.
I really enjoyed meeting them both. Sarah came along to the Donor Day photoshoot so we had met briefly before but hadn't had the chance to have a proper natter. And Sue seems like an amazing friend and an incredibly selfless person.