The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Alesha Daltry

Kidney Transplant Recipient

AleshaAlesha Daltry was born with Wilms tumour (also known as nephroblastoma), which is a cancerous disease that affects the kidneys, often in young children.

She was first diagnosed at the age of two and began chemotherapy at the age of three. Following chemotherapy, Alesha also underwent dialysis for eighteen months.

At the age of four, she was put on the transplant waiting list for a kidney.

“She remembers quite a lot of what happened,” says her mum, Emma. “She knew she was poorly, but she always had a smile on her face and stayed strong throughout the whole ordeal!”

Alesha remained on the waiting list for three weeks, at which point a compatible match was found for her.

“While she was on dialysis, Alesha couldn’t do loads of activities – like swimming for example, which she really wanted to do! She was tired a lot of the time too, and we were always in and out of hospital appointments, so Alesha couldn’t attend school very much.” Emma says.

“Now she’s had the transplant, she’s been able to have a go at all those hobbies she couldn’t do before! As well as starting swimming, she loves dancing and she even danced in Newcastle in front of 56,000 people for the RFL Magic Weekend!”

The life-saving kidney transplant has meant the world to Alesha and her family. Not only is Alesha passionate about swimming and other sports, she is also now attending school full-time and loves it. Her favourite subject is PE.

“Without this transplant, Alesha wouldn’t have been able to do all the things that bring her so much joy. It’s completely changed our lives, and we’re so thrilled that she’s been given a second chance to live her life.”