The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Innovative new book launched to improve care for children undergoing kidney transplants

19 October 2015

A new book for children undergoing transplants has been launched by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The book, called Charlie’s Kidney Transplant, has been produced for children at Leeds Children’s Hospital who are waiting for a transplant. The story follows Charlie, a young boy, who has a problem with his kidneys and needs to undergo transplant surgery.

It uses drawings and language suitable for young children, to inform children about the different stages they will go through when having a transplant. It is crucial children know what to expect during their hospitals visits, operation and during recovery from surgery.

Kay Tyerman, Lead for Children’s Transplant, said: “The book is fantastic. The beautiful illustrations and thoughtful text really help children and their families prepare for a kidney transplant. In our experience good preparation is essential in helping a speedy recovery following a transplant. I’m sure the book will be very well received across our region and there will be interest across the UK.”

The book has been produced by our ward staff, play leaders and illustrator Aghnia Mardiyah, a student at Leeds College of Art. Charlie’s Kidney Transplant was launched at a special event on Ward L10 and the team are hoping to produce a book for children undergoing a liver transplant in the near future.

Lisa Beaumont, a Play Specialist on wards L10 and L11 at Leeds Children’s Hospital, said: “We are really excited about the launch of the book. It has been a real effort throughout staff in the team and I am proud of the result. I’d like to extend my thanks to Aghnia, she has done a great job.”

Aghnia Mardiyah, who illustrated the book, said: “I was very excited when got the opportunity to illustrate Charlie’s Kidney Transplant for the Children’s Hospital. As an aspiring children's illustrator and animator it was one of my most rewarding projects and I'm very grateful for it! I've learnt so much during the whole process of this book and I'm really excited to be part of the second book that the hospital will be producing in the near future!”

The book’s launch comes at a time when transplant has been at the forefront of the public’s consciousness in Leeds, thanks to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Be a Hero campaign.