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The first of my two kidney transplants

Adele Hastie

I was thinking and praying for the donor family, realising the shock and overwhelming grief they would be experiencing, trying to somehow deal with this traumatic loss of their precious loved one.

My renal career stretches back to mid-1989 in London where I was first diagnosed with chronic renal failure. It was a relief to finally find the reason for the headaches, the foggy brain, the getting up four to five times during the night and the slightly elevated blood pressure I was only 25 after all. I packed in as much travelling as I could before returning to NZ in 1990, where I started haemodialysis in the September of that year.