Reveal UK | Paisley Gilmore
Most recipients of organ transplants never learn about the person who saved their life, but Gemma Sturge felt compelled to thank the parents of her "guardian angel"
|Paresh, Gemma, Kalpna and their "angel", Ashni|
For years, she was in and out of hospital, until at 18, Gemma was told she had one hope of survival – a transplant.
Finally, in December 2010, aged 26, with her kidney function at just 10 per cent, she was booked in to have an operation, meaning she'd be able to start dialysis.
With such a rare blood type, doctors warned it could take five years to find a donor – a wait Gemma might not survive.
"I've always wanted to be a mum, and from the moment I married Gary, in 2009, we'd been planning a family," says Gemma, now 31.
"Because of the renal failure, my consultant warned that my fertility would be low. Even if I did fall pregnant, it would be dangerous, as I could suffer several miscarriages.
"I felt as though my future was ripped away, and hated the thought of dying having never become a mum." Continue reading