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As Lorraine Callaghan’s daughter, Layla, prepares for a kidney transplant, she shares her story with us and seeks your help so that Kidney Health Australia can assist with vital research....

Dear Layla,

When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I never thought that there would be a chance that one of them wouldn’t survive.

Serious complications during my pregnancy meant that you weren’t getting all the nutrients you needed, and you were only given a 40% chance to make it to 20 weeks gestation. But you are a fighter and a check up at 25 weeks showed that both you and your sister were doing really well.

Only two short weeks later though, our whole world fell apart: all of a sudden the blood supply to your kidneys had been cut off and they had both shriveled up. We were told that you weren’t expected to survive outside of the womb.

But you did! Photo of Layla and her sister: courtesy of The Herald Sun

At 34 weeks, you and your twin sister, Maddy Rose, were born. You breathed on your own for 15 minutes before Doctors put you on a ventilator and prepared your father and I for the worst – we were told that your body wouldn’t be able to tolerate the toxins your kidneys would normally filter out if they were working, and that your heart would stop.                              

But, again, you proved them wrong.
A few days later, you were breathing on your own, the blood started flowing to your kidneys again, and they were starting to get some of their function back. You were a very sick little baby and it was many weeks before we were allowed to take you home.

Read the full heart warming story in our 2014 Christmas Appeal letter & donation form>

Will you support Kidney Heath Australia’s Christmas Appeal for research and help us get one step closer to seeing our wish come true?

We appreciate your financial support, as it enables us to maintain and grow our important work on behalf of our kidney community and ensures that we deliver on our vision ‘to save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease’.

We have set out below the various ways you can give us your gift of support. First, find out more about our Kidney Community Support Programs> 

To make a tax deductible donation or arrange a monthly tax deductible donation,
simply phone us on
freecall 1800 454 363 and our friendly staff will assist you.

Click button to donate online> - using our secure system via ANZ eGate
Enter "Appeal Donation" into the relevant description box, located at the bottom of the form.

Please remember to complete the 'CAPCHA' section with the relevant letters/numbers,
as this validates your identity and donation in a secure manner.

If you wish to mail a donation - print our 2014 Xmas Appeal letter & donation form> and complete the relevant donation form - then post your completed form to us at:
        2014 Christmas Appeal - Kidney Health Australia
        GPO Box 9993 Melbourne VIC 3001

Talk with us about leaving a bequest in your Will to Kidney Health Australia

Find out more at Bequests and Wills>
If you would like further information on including a gift bequest in your Will, or to receive a copy of our special booklet with other information on our work in our kidney community, contact:

Susan Sayer - National Development Manager bequests@kidney.org.au       
Or call Susan to speak with her personally on 03 9674 4302.

      Request a book by post to:
       Kidney Health Australia, GPO Box 9993, Melbourne VIC 3001 

Kidney Health Australia celebrated 45 years in 2013

For over 45 years now Kidney Health Australia has relied on donations from generous Australians like you to help us to deliver our important education and health services to the community, and support those affected by kidney disease. In 2013, generous contributions from our supporters have allowed kidney health Australia to:
  • Fund 18 separate scholarships and grants for vital kidney related research projects in University departments, medical research institutes, and hospitals throughout Australia.

  • Continue our Nursing Scholarship program that encourages nurses to specialise in renal nursing.

  • Fund our essential support services for people living with kidney disease, such as our National children’s programs Kidney Capers and Kidney Camps.

  • Give a record number of sick children with end stage kidney disease a holiday at our State and National Kidney Kids Camps, where they could socialise with their peers and feel ‘normal’.

  • Bring former Kidney Camp kids back to camp as mentors to share their experiences of growing up dealing with the disease Your kind donation will enable us to to make a real difference to peoples’ lives, however there is a lot of work ahead of us and we need your help.

Page updated 28 January 2015

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Last updated: Mar 2015.