WHAT CAN SHE EXPECT?
A transplant isn’t a straightforward operation for Carla…
Aidan’s kidney may be a match, but that doesn’t mean Carla’s body will accept it. Kidney transplants can fail, though on average 75 per cent of transplanted kidneys survive for 10 years or more.
The operation isn’t the end of the story. Carla will still have to take drugs for the rest of her life to prevent her body from attacking the new kidney. These weaken the immune system, leaving her prone to infections or a serious illness such as cancer.
If Carla’s body does reject Aidan’s kidney, she can have another transplant. If no other relatives were able to donate, Carla could be put on the waiting list for another donor – but she would have to undergo dialysis in the meantime to keep her alive.
A healthy diet and lifestyle is especially important for those who have received a transplant. Carla will have to lay off the Shiraz for a start! She’ll need regular check-ups to make sure her kidney is performing as it should.