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Family's debt to Ashni, 12, after parting gift of kidney donation

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24.09.2021

Like any other mum with two growing boys and a job to juggle, Gemma Sturge has got her hands full.

But none of them might have been here today were it not for the family of a 12-year-old girl, who offered her organs for donation after she died.

One of Mrs Sturge's kidneys had not grown properly when she was a child and by her mid-20s, her other kidney was suffering from scarring from doing the work of two and was functioning at just 6pc. Her health was going downhill fast.

Gemma Sturge suffered serious kidney problems until she received a transplant from a 12-year-old girl - Credit: Chris Bishop

"I was really unwell," said Mrs Sturge, a 36-year-old NHS worker from King's Lynn. "I had a lot of fatigue and nausea, I just felt tired all the time. I struggled to get out of bed, I struggled to get to work."

Late in 2010, doctors warned her she would need a life-changing transplant. The following year, they said she would soon have to begin dialysis, which would mean she would not be able to have children.

"I'd been with my husband, Gary, since school," she said. "We were high school sweethearts. We'd got married and we just wanted to have kids.

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