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Darren's story

Darren Ferguson with his partner and baby
Darren and his family

My name is Darren Ferguson, and from three weeks old I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Failure.

Much of my childhood was spent in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, struggling and battling just to stay alive. My childhood was very challenging, but I always had the support of my family around me; they were always a tower of strength to me.

Not only did I struggle with the illness, but also the mental, physical and emotional battles that occurred were very difficult; at times I didn't ever think I would survive past my young teenage years.

I have had five kidney transplants.

The journey has been very tough, but I have come through. Even though I have a lot of scars, I have never been happier.

My Milton Keynes Renal Unit family have got me through many hard times; with a simple word, a good laugh or even just knowing when to leave me to have a stroppy moment.

They are simply the best, to whom I am ever so grateful. Things could and should have been very different, but each day I am so grateful for life, after 30 years of a hellish journey.

I have had my kidney for three years, and became a father for the first time in June 2014.

So don't give in, no matter how hard it is, because you can come through.

Darren Ferguson
October 2014