Flora Hill mother Sharon Summers donates kidney to daughter Hayley

BENDIGO ADVERTISER | Emma D'Agostino

IT’S one of those calls every parent dreads while their child is away on their first international trip.

The one in which they find out their child is unwell.

Flora Hill mother Sharon Summers boarded a plane to Paris less than 12 hours after she was notified her daughter Hayley had been admitted to hospital.

Doctors initially believed the then-21-year-old had pneumonia.

But tests would reveal Hayley had a “one-in-a-million” autoimmune disease, Goodpasture Syndrome, which attacks collagen in the kidneys and lungs.

“It was devastating,” Sharon said.

“When I got there she had been put into an induced coma.”

Hayley thought she was going to be under for a couple of days.

“I woke up about a week-and-a-half later,” she said.

She had been unwell with the flu before she embarked on her European adventure.

“Roughly three weeks in, I started to get sick again,” Hayley said.

She had been travelling in Ireland and Italy before she became critically ill.

The trip came about the time of her 21st birthday. Continue reading
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