‘Everyday my body gets weaker and weaker,’ Cries Woman who is seeking help for kidney transplant

“I am in so much pain, every time I get out of that machine my life is never the same, day by day my body gets weaker and weaker,” these are the words of a 29 years old Loise Wanjiku, whose both Kidneys have failed.

Wanjiku has been going through dialysis twice per week for survival since 2014 at Alliance Medical centre, Nairobi.

The single mother from Kayole is now appealing to the public to help her raise money for transplant.

Her 12-year-old girl stays with her mother at their rural home.

Currently, Wanjiku is being accommodated by her brother who is willing to donate to her one of his kidneys.

‘I can’t keep on surviving through dialysis as it has its own side effects and I develop complications every day,” she told the Star on Friday.

“I have developed chest pains because of the curvature, my body is weak. I cannot stand for long,” she added.

Her’s is a cry of pain. Literally.

Wanjiku says though NHIF card caters for the cost of dialysis she has to buy drugs from her pocket which is quite expensive.

She was diagnised in 2014 at Kenyatta National Hospital.

“Before going for test my whole body was swollen, I had constant diarrhoea, my blood levels went down to five. I couldn’t eat and I was sleepy all the time,” she said.

“It was a shocking revelation, I saw my life coming to a stand still, I looked at my daughter and I couldn’t help crying,” she said.

Wanjiku had to be admitted at KNH for two months for her condition to stabilize.

The hospital bill was Sh200 000 but luckily it was waved.

Before her condition, she used to work as a hairdresser in a salon in Nairobi.

She cant work anymore.

Wanjiku says since then her life took an ugly twist as many of her friends walked away.

“Unless I get a transplant I will never be able to bear children. That’s what I was told by my doctors. I have always wished to be there for my daughter just like any other parent, but with my condition I cannot,” she explained.

“I had to sent my daughter to our Njoro home in Nakuru county where she now stays with my mother.

Wanjiku said that she has so far been able to raise Sh478 000 through a Facebook group called Single and saved.

“It was my brother who came up with this idea, he posted my plight on the page and after discussion with the group administrator Dayan Masinde, members agreed to be contributing some amount,” she said.

The group has also establish a project of selling caps and T-shirts which goes at Sh200 to raise the amount needed.

Kihia said that she’s optimistic that they will be able to raise the amount and that her sister will be back on her feet.

“It has never been easy, every day is a struggle but am optimistic that will raise the amount and Wanjiku will be well,“ he said.

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Modern Family star Sarah Hyland opens up about fighting the effects of drugs five years after her kidney transplant

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has opened up to her fans about one of the common side effects she still deals with five years after her kidney transplant.

The 26-year-old actress received a kidney from her father in 2012 to cure a condition called dysplasia, when the organs do not develop properly.

Now, she is on a habitual dose of prednisone, an immunosuppressant steroid to prevent organ rejection and infections.

One of the common but harmless side effects is known as ‘moon face’ swelling.

On Saturday, Hyland posted an Instagram Story laying out how she deals with this on a day-to-day basis while juggling her career.

Sarah Hyland

It involves a facial serum and a massage roller that she pushes over her face.

‘I use this thing to roll my face out. I don’t know if it works or not,’ she told viewers.

Prednisone is one of many steroid drugs which lower the activity of the immune system.

This slow’s down the body’s natural reaction time to target an infection or disease, which can sometimes lead to the body rejecting a new organ after it was transplanted.

It can also treat other kidney diseases, including lupus, and help lower symptoms like inflammation and swelling.

However, it comes with some debilitating side effects including mood changes, acne, exhaustion, weight gain, weight loss, changes in appetite, and swelling of the face, legs, feet and hands.

Sarah Hyland

Healthcare providers recommend that patients limit their salt and sugar intake to improve their symptoms. But that can only have a marginal affect.

There is no evidence that rollers do anything to the fat aside from massaging it. But experts say that anything to make the patient feel better are positive.

This is hardly the first time Hyland has vocalized her experience with prednisone. In May this year, she hit back at the streams of people on Twitter branding her ‘anorexic’.

In a lengthy post, she outlined why her weight loss – and facial swelling – is the result of her life-saving surgery.

‘My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like,’ she tweeted, explaining that she was on bed rest for seven months due to loss of muscle mass.

‘I have been told that I can’t work out. Which, for me, is very upsetting’ she posted.

‘I am not a fan of ‘being skinny’. Which many of you have told me that I am too much of.’