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Sophie's story

Sophie has been waiting for her fourth kidney transplant for 8 years

8 January 2020
Sophie with her children

Sophie Schofield, aged 39, has had kidney problems since she was a child. She had a transplant aged 13, which failed, followed by a second kidney aged 16, which lasted 5 years until Sophie fell seriously ill with pneumonia. A third transplant at 21 lasted ten years but sadly Sophie ended up back on dialysis in 2012, waiting for another kidney. 

The mum of two says; "I feel like my life is on hold, I had my last transplant for 10 years, got married, had two beautiful children and literally lived a wonderful normal life. Now I feel trapped, useless and that my life is wasting away 

It’s really hard waiting, constantly waiting for The Call so my life could start again, but the reality is life goes on, my kids are getting older, so am I, I feel like a burden

"I’m so tired every day and struggle to get through a normal day doing normal things like housework. No matter how bad I feel I will always sit up and do my kids homework with them and listen to how their day went or listen to a new song they learned on the piano, those moments are so special to me!

"If or when I receive the gift of life it’s something I honestly can’t describe in words. The least I could say is my life would start again, I could be the mother I want to be, travel and even just have the energy to do normal daily things like housework. The smallest things mean so much when you can’t do them."


Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for an organ transplant.

The law around organ donation in England is changing to help more people pass on more organs to save and improve more lives like Sophie's.

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