Life with Chronic Kidney Disease

13 May 2021

A virtual exhibition, titled Survivors: Life Unfiltered, features portraits of individuals in the UK living with chronic kidney disease. The exhibition was initially launched online ahead of World Kidney Day.

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?
Chronic Kidney Disease is a long-term condition where the kidneys do not function at their normal level, and so cannot remove waste products from the body as efficiently.

It is common in older people and usually they will live long lives with the condition and with relatively few adverse effects. Less commonly, in around 1 in 50 people , it can cause the kidneys to fail.

There are some specific risk factors for chronic kidney disease. These include high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. It is also more common in black and south Asian communities.

Treatment for chronic kidney disease is dependent on the severity of the disease, and can range from make simple lifestyle changes to dialysis and kidney transplant.

The Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease can affect people physically and emotionally, as well as in their personal relationships, employment and social life.

It can also increase the risk for other health issues, such as stroke, heart disease, or acute kidney injury.

The Survivors: Life Unfiltered exhibition is made up of photographic portraits of various individuals living with chronic kidney disease – and their achievements and struggles. The ages of the subjects range from 2 to 78, and include a footballer, a marathon runner, and a dancer. It contrasts their outward ventures and professional lives with the challenges that chronic kidney disease poses for them.

At Kingsley Napley we know that most people will continue to live their fullest lives with chronic kidney disease. We also recognise that sometimes things do not happen as you expect. If you are concerned about the care that you, or someone you care about, has fallen short of your expectations, please contact a member of the team on 020 7814 1200.

FURTHER INFORMATION

At Kingsley Napley we have significant experience in dealing with claims following these types of injury. If this has been your experience, or that of someone you care about, please call a member of our team on 020 7814 1200.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Terrence Donovan is the Head of the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Department.  He has a national reputation, and is one of the most respected and senior solicitors in the field.

Phoebe Alexander joined Kingsley Napley in 2020. She is currently a trainee solicitor in the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury team. Her previous seat was with the Private Client team, where she assisted with the administration of trusts and estates, and the drafting of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Phoebe also assisted with Court of Protection matters, including the drafting of Deputyship applications.

 

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