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Jessica, kidney transplant recipient

Jessica, 30, from London was diagnosed with type one diabetes aged 13. She's had a kidney transplant and knows she will need a pancreas transplant in future.

ImageSpeaking while waiting for a kidney transplant Jessica said:

“A life on dialysis isn’t fun."

“I am now normally in hospital every 3 months with something, so I can’t really plan anything long term.

“It’s frustrating as I have a broken CV with so much time off sick; it can be difficult to get a job.”

Jessica studied illustration at university and is currently trying to launch her own illustration company. She draws to relieve the boredom of dialysis. She says:

“A transplant would significantly improve my quality of life."

“I know someone needs to die for me to have a transplant and that’s really hard, but I just think that if they can live on through me then that could be a great comfort for their family to know they didn’t die in vain.

“People like me need people like you to think about saving someone’s life by signing up.”

Jessica has received a kidney transplant and is in recovery.