Ruby wins Xmas card com­pe­ti­tion

Stockport Express - - Wildlife - KATHER­INE BAIN­BRIDGE kather­ine.bain­r­bidge@men­media.co.uk @KBain­bridgeMEN

RUBY McKer­nan was just eight years old when she started suf­fer­ing with se­vere and fre­quent headaches.

At first her dad Gary thought she was just prone to mi­graines, but as the pain wors­ened he took her to the hos­pi­tal where tests were car­ried out – and the re­sults were shock­ing.

It turned out that Ruby was suf­fer­ing from kid­ney fail­ure, with the re­sults re­veal­ing that her kid­neys were only work­ing at 15 per cent of their nor­mal ca­pac­ity.

The young­ster from Chea­dle Hulme im­me­di­ately be­gan four months of gru­elling haemo dial­y­sis at the Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, be­fore hav­ing a Peri­toneal Dial­y­sis Line fit­ted which meant she could have her treat­ment at home.

In Fe­bru­ary this year Ruby un­der­went key­hole surgery to have her kid­neys re­moved.

Now she is cel­e­brat­ing be­ing se­lected as the win­ner of the hos­pi­tal char­ity’s ‘de­sign a Christ­mas card com­pe­ti­tion.’

Over the sum­mer she had prob­lems with her blood pres­sure, so she is now back vis­it­ing the hos­pi­tal four times a week for dial­y­sis.

Each of her dial­y­sis ses­sions on the ward lasts four hours, so she dis­tracts her­self by draw­ing. When she heard about the com­pe­ti­tion she was keen to put her artis­tic skills into ac­tion and worked hard on the de­sign fea­tur­ing the hos­pi­tal mas­cot Humphrey Bear dressed as Fa­ther Christ­mas.

Ruby’s dad Gary said: “We were dev­as­tated when we were given the news that Ruby had kid­ney fail­ure – it was a com­plete shock to us all as we never thought that she might have such a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion.

“Over the past two years Ruby has spent so much time on dial­y­sis – of­ten six nights a week for up to seven hours at a time. Through­out it all she has been so brave and re­mains pos­i­tive.

“She re­ally is our lit­tle su­per­star and we are so proud of her.”

Ruby, who is now nine, is now un­der­go­ing fur­ther as­sess­ments to de­cide whether she is now ready to be listed for a new kid­ney.

Sarah Nai­smith, head of the RMCH char­ity, said: “Our pa­tient drawn Christ­mas cards are al­ways ex­tremely pop­u­lar with our sup­port­ers and I’m sure this year will be no ex­cep­tion.

“We loved Ruby’s de­sign which in­cor­po­rated our Humphrey Bear mas­cot.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit rm­chchar­ity.org.uk/ char­ity-christ­mas-cards.

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