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chil­dren, but even if it had been taken off the ta­ble I’d still have do­nated be­cause I couldn’t imag­ine not do­ing this for her,” she says.

As it turned out, Grace was a per­fect match and to her re­lief, her doc­tor also showed her over­whelm­ing data that a woman with one kid­ney could safely bring a child to full-term.

On Au­gust 20, Grace and Lily went into surgery. Steph was warned there was al­ways a risk the trans­planted kid­ney might not work at the same ef­fi­ciency.

“Ini­tially we hoped the do­nated kid­ney would sit around the 50 per cent func­tion­al­ity mark,” she re­veals. “But Lily was lucky; within a cou­ple of weeks it was at 70 per cent.” Within a week the girls were back at home and Lily’s kid­ney func­tion im­proved to 80 per cent, where it’s re­mained. The seizures have also stopped and her men­tal clar­ity has re­turned.

Steph says she feels ex­tremely grate­ful ev­ery day for her daugh­ter’s mirac­u­lous re­cov­ery. WHAT IS IT?

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