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World Kidney Day at Southampton Children’s Hospital

On Thursday 9 March, Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity will be raising awareness of World Kidney Day. 

Southampton Children’s Hospital treats children for the full spectrum of kidney conditions with the exception of transplants however, before and after transplant care is provided. 

Alisia Coles, 11, was first diagnosed with kidney disease in November 2016 at Southampton Children’s Hospital, after a routine optician appointment identified a build up of fluid behind her eyes. Alisia was transferred to Southampton Children’s Hospital after tests at Worthing Hospital recognised she also had very high blood pressure. 

Alisia’s dad, David, says: “We were told that Alisia’s high blood pressure had been caused by chronic kidney disease/failure with her kidneys collectively functioning at 24%. Her whole life has changed; this has all come out of the blue for us.”

Alisia is now home but will continue to be treated by specialists at Southampton Children’s Hospital. David adds: “The consultants told us that Alisia will need a transplant in the future but when this will be, they don’t know.”

Alisia’s friends and family are rallying around her and have organising some fundraising events in support of Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity. Alisia and three friends completed a walk around the Upper Horseshoe trail in West Sussex in their onsies raising £625, and her friends and family are taking part in the Winchester Tough Mudder in September 2017.

If you would like to support Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity, please get in touch with the charity team on 023 8120 8881 or

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