BBC WM Kidney Kids Appeal
Kidney Kids stories
Throughout the BBC WM Kidney Kids Appeal listen to personal stories from the children, parents and nurses at the Birmingham Children's Hospital Kidney Unit.
Mariella on dialysis
The BBC WM Kidney Kids appeal is the biggest campaign the station has run and hopes to raise £1.5 million for a new kidney unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Around 1500 young patients with a range of kidney problems visit the kidney unit every year to receive dialysis, and other treatments, including transplants.
Throughout the next year BBC WM will feature personal stories and experiences from the children, parents and hospital staff. Listen to some of the stories below and more will be added throughout the coming weeks.
Mother Kiran and baby Adam
Baby Adam has a kidney operation
On Monday 14th July Phil Upton's Breakfast Show launched the BBC WM Kidney Kids Appeal at the Birmingham Children's Hospital.
On the morning presenter Phil Upton met Kiran who's nine week old baby was due to have a major operation to remove his kidneys. Kiran told Phil how nervous she was about the operation.
On the afternoon Drivetime Show Kiran told presenter Lee Stone that Adam's operation went smoothly and he was recovering well.
In the interview Kiran was asked to put into words how she felt: "I went into the recovery room to get him and it just looked like he was asleep, he didn't look like he was in any pain, it was really nice he just looked so peaceful."
Listen to the full interview with Kiran
Kidney Kids teachers
Children with severe kidney failure have to spend 3 days a week hooked up to a dialysis machine. That's time stuck indoors, away from family and friends - and most importantly, time away from school.
But despite the noise, the machinery and lack of space - the kidney unit doubles up as a classroom too.
Kidney Kids teachers
BBC WM reporter Andy Silke went to sit in on a lesson, he explains" It's amazing to think that even with everything else going on, these kids are still keeping up with their studies - and in such imperfect conditions.
Listen to Andy's full report.
More Kidney Kids stories
Tune into BBC WM on 95.6FM to hear more personal stories from the children, parents and nurses at the hospital and to get the latest information about the appeal, fundraising events taking place throughout the year - and most importantly, find out how you can get involved.
last updated: 15/07/2008 at 08:54