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Parents in kidney donor plea for six year old son

PUBLISHED: 18:12 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:47 23 August 2010

APPEAL: Shafina and Ijaz Haider with Uzayr and his prize.

APPEAL: Shafina and Ijaz Haider with Uzayr and his prize.

AN IMPASSIONED appeal for kidney donors to come forward from the Asian community has been made on behalf of a six-year-old boy. Uzayr Haider, from Havelock Road, Northfleet, has posterior urethal valves and uses a dialysis machine. His parents, who are

AN IMPASSIONED appeal for kidney donors to come forward from the Asian community has been made on behalf of a six-year-old boy.

Uzayr Haider, from Havelock Road, Northfleet, has posterior urethal valves and uses a dialysis machine.

His parents, who are unsuitable matches, are launching an appeal for a donor match so the family can start to lead a normal life.

Mother Shafina Haider, 43, said: "He was born with the problem but it has become worse and worse. Now he must go on dialysis three times a week to have his blood cleaned.

"We can't work because we have to take care of him constantly. We can't go abroad because the call that a donor has come forward could come at any time. It is not just for Uzayr we are asking. There are lots of parents who can't donate. I would love it if someone would come forward to do something selfless that would completely change a family's life."

Kidneys work to filter toxins from the bloodstream, while maintaining the correct balance of minerals in the blood.

It is possible to live a normal healthy life with only one kidney, though NHS advice warns people with a solitary kidney to be careful of high blood pressure. Mrs Haider added: "People from our community [Asian] are not active in donating so I would like to ask them to come forward." The boy's father, Ijaz, 53, explained that Uzayr, who attends Dover Road Primary School two days a week, is a universal recipient, who can receive any blood type but must have a match of tissue types. Uzayr's diet is closely monitored and he takes medication daily to control his blood pressure.

The schoolboy has had some good news recently, winning a Nintendo Wii computer console in a competition at Evelina Children's Hospital.

He is preparing for a special day on Saturday. Children on dialysis at Evelina, which is linked to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in Westminster, are granted a wish - in Uzayr's case, to be a VIP for a day.

He will be picked up in a limousine, have a helicopter ride over London and then a meal at a top restaurant. Mrs Haider said: "Something like that means so much to someone like Uzayr.

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