A TEENAGER who has been on kidney dialysis for nine years is dreaming of the perfect Christmas present, thanks to a revolutionary transplant treatment.
Sarah Coupe, 19, was born with only one kidney and a rare genetic condition leaving her with the body of a 10-year-old child.
She is on dialysis for eight hours a week and last year developed peritonitis which means she now has to have a line inserted directly into the blood.
Sarah, of Spring Meadows, Clayton-le-Moors, has suffered one failed transplant, but is now hoping a procedure called 'desensitisation' will enable her to receive a kidney from her mum Karen, who is a near-perfect match.
But Karen is praying that her daughter's chances of receiving the transplant this year aren't scuppered by the threat of infection.
Karen said: "It will be the first time in this country they ever done a transplant on a paediatric line. They were looking towards the transplant before Christmas but I don't know if there's talk about postponing it because of the flu epidemic. It would be fatal if there was anything like that."
A six-minute film produced by Sarah, of Spring Meadows, Clayton-le-Moors, called 'Life on Dialysis' was screened on Channel 4 back in May and, on the back of that, she has now been approached by two other companies with a view to making further documentaries.
And filming will begin when the family go on holiday to Crete, which will be the first time Sarah has been abroad since she had the new line inserted.
Karen revealed: "Sarah has been approached by a couple of film companies that wanted to do a documentary about her life. She's also appeared in a magazine article."