James

James

I’m James Barnett Despite kidney problems from birth, I count myself as becoming a kidney patient at age 24 when I went for a routine health screening with my GP. Despite having no symptoms, I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure and referred to UHW Cardiff...
Barbara

Barbara

  Barbara Chidgey is the founder, chair, and driver of the Wales-based charity, Daring to Dream which supports the emotional health and wellbeing of adult patients, living with physical illness, in Wales. As part of her work with the charity, she also leads the...
Helen

Helen

I’m Helen Presdee-Jones and I’ve been a renal patient since I was 16. After almost a year on peritoneal dialysis I received my first kidney transplant, which fortunately lasted almost 20 years. I waited 5 years for my second kidney transplant, and for 4 of those years...
Lowri

Lowri

I am Lowri Smith. I was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition at eight months old and went on to have open-heart surgery three times before I was sixteen. One of those surgeries – when I was two years old – was to fit an artificial mitral valve....
Amy

Amy

Last year we shared with you Amy’s story. A vivacious, courageous, and enthusiastic young cardiac patient. Amy was a joy and privilege to get to know. Tragically Amy passed away in June 2021. She and her family remain very much in our thoughts and prayers. Amy was...
Neil

Neil

Swansea-born Neil Hopper is 44 years old, and a Vascular Surgeon. He lives with his wife and two children in Cornwall, UK. Neil graduated with degrees in Anatomical Science and Medicine from the University of Wales College of Medicine, completing his postgraduate...