'He was given a beyond poor chance of survival - now he urgently needs a kidney'


Sam Kinahan was born with a severe bladder defect, leaving him in end-stage renal failure.

SEEING SAM KINAHAN and his sister Ali play in the garden together, they both seem perfectly happy and healthy – Sam has a new scooter, and Ali is giving him tips on how to use it.

But after a few minutes running around, Sam vomits, and his father Ivan comes running over to clean him up. Sam quickly gets back on his feet.

This is normal for him, as is being limited to a tiny amount of fluid a day, can’t be fed orally, and spends most nights of the week hooked up to a dialysis machine for 11 hours. The almost three-year-old boy from Baldoyle in Fingal was born with a severe bladder defect. He’s now in end-stage renal failure, and urgently requires a transplant.

His mother Chloe told TheJournal.ie that he still needs to grow another few centimetres before they can begin the process of having him assessed for a transplant – which will include seeing if any family members are a suitable donor – as doctors need to make sure his body can accommodate the organ. Continue reading
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