Bala teen's new lease of life


Kirstie Dolphin

A YOUNG woman with a rare kidney disease has a new lease of life following a transplant donated by her mum.

Mari Siwan Davies, from Parc near Bala, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2010 when she was 17-years-old and studying A-Levels at Ysgol Y Berwyn in Bala.

But in 2012, Mari’s mum Connie Davies underwent risky surgery to give her daughter one of her kidneys, to prevent the disease becoming life threatening and
forcing Mari to go on dialysis.

Mari, who now has three kidneys, said: “I was tired all the time and I couldn’t do
anything. I just had no energy in me.

“My two kidney’s don’t work and the doctors didn’t take them out and said in time they will shrivel up.

“I’ve always been tired and I was feeling really ill all the time. I went to the doctors with some symptoms and said I have to drink all the time so they sent away some blood tests and it came back with problems with my kidneys.

“They didn’t know what it was at first and had to send a biopsy off to Great Ormond Street Hospital because it is so rare.”

Mari has regular check ups every three months and is now on immune suppressants tablets for the rest of her life to prevent her body from rejecting the new kidney

Mari was in her first year of university in Aberstwyth studying childhood studies when she had the transplant forcing her to study her second term online away from lectures and her teachers.

She said: “It was always hard doing homework in high school as when I came home I would go to sleep.

“It was also hard having to contact the lecturers when I was studying at home after my transplant. After I finish my studies I want to work with children in hospitals like a children’s play specialist.

“I know how they feel and what they are going through as I’ve been through it too.”
Mari is in her final year of university and is now fitter than ever raising money for Kidney Wales Foundation.

She organised a sponsored walk called Bala Walk for Life on Sunday with all proceeds raised going to the Kidney Wales Foundation to support families affected by kidney disease across Wales.

About 45 people took part in the five mile walk from and Mari raised more than £1,000 and the walk in total raised £1,500 for the charity.

Her mum Connie said: “I am very proud she has achieved a lot. When she was diagnosed myself and her father were tested and everyone was offering to be tested for her.

“She had always been really flat and so thin. It was a shock when she was diagnosed to begin with, she was 17 and it was very stressfull on her.

“All her lecturuers have been fantastic helping her when she had to study from home online.

“Fair play to her the difference in her now she has been loads of energy. There’s no way she could have done it two years ago.”

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