Cake marks transplant kidney’s 30th anniversary
25 October 2012
Just days after celebrating her 84th birthday, Violet Rosewell was blowing out candles again.
Her daughter Kaye Gordon surprised her with a healthily pink
kidney-shaped cake to mark the thirtieth anniversary of her kidney
transplant. They took the cake along to Southend University
Hospital's renal unit to share with staff who have looked after
Violet since she was given the life-saving kidney at the Royal
London Hospital back in 1982.
For three years before the suitable organ became available,
Violet was kept alive by dialysis after her kidneys failed when she
was in her fifties. The machine was set up in her adapted home and
her late husband Kenneth was allowed home early from work three
times a week to put her on it and flush out the body's toxins.
Kaye recalls the ambulance dash to London while the kidney from
an unknown donor was flown down to the capital. She said: "Mum had
been extremely ill with kidney failure but, since the transplant,
she has not looked back."
Violet, of Stadium Road, Southend, was able to enjoy holidays
abroad with Kenneth before he sadly died 12 years ago and has lived
to fulfil her wish of seeing her two grandchildren, now 24 and 26,
grow up and forge successful careers.
She still attends Southend University Hospital's renal unit
regularly for checks and credits their care for keeping her so
Now the whole family is urging others to go on the organ donor
Kaye said: "To give someone 30 years of life is brilliant. Mum's
story really gives hope to other people facing a
With pic: Violet Rosewell with consultant nephrologist Dr
Fernando Moro-Azuela, daughter Kaye and renal unit manager Sister