Gig for woman who nearly died twice

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A WOMAN who nearly died twice from rare blood conditions is hoping to raise awareness and money for a charity through an evening of music.

Kim Dearing fell seriously ill to not one, but two deadly blood disorders which led to kidney failure and her being put into an induced coma for two weeks.

The 37-year-old from Matlock even had to learn to walk again and was forced to stay off work for six months.

She is now hoping to raise the money for Kidney Research UK with the soul and Motown 60s night at Starkholmes Village Hall next month.

She said: “It’s going to a good cause, if I had not gone to hospital then I would not have been here. The doctors said I nearly died twice.

“You never know what’s round the corner. I still can’t get my head around it.”

It was nearly three years ago that Kim began to feel unwell, suffering from nausea and a pain in her back. She called the doctor a week later after the symptoms failed to subside.

When medication failed to work, she was sent to Chesterfield hospital, and spent half a day there undergoing tests before being rushed to hospital in Sheffield via ambulance, during which she suffered fits.

It was found that she was suffering from hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), which led to kidney failure.

HUS is a disorder that usually occurs when an infection in the digestive system produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells, causing kidney injury.

TTP may be caused by a lack of, or problems with, a certain enzyme that is involved in blood clotting. These changes cause clotting to occur in an abnormal way.

Both illnesses can lead to death.

Kim was placed into a coma in a bid to fight the illnesses, and brought out of it a week later. However, she suffered another massive fit and had to be put back into the coma.

“I have never heard of anybody else who has had this, my doctor said it was rare, he’s seen it once in 25 years.”

Once she began to recover, she needed to learn to walk again after the coma left her muscles in a weakened state. She was forced to take a multitude of tablets to combat fits, water retention, and high blood pressure, while she says her memory was left damaged by the illnesses.

Now fighting fit again, she hopes party on Saturday, March 17 will be well supported.

There is a Sony Micro Hifi System donated by C Farmers Ltd, Matlock, to be won on the raffle, and other businesses are being urged to donate to the cause.

Tickets are £5 and can be bought by contacting Kim on 07790 584007 or Eileen Bagguley at Kidney Research UK on 07946 362540.