A STIRLING woman will take on her first running event in her hometown two years on from a lifesaving kidney transplant.
Vicki Provan suffered a full kidney failure in 2011 and was on dialysis for four years, before a living donor came forward and donated a kidney.
The 45-year-old has made a full recovery and will now take on the inaugural Great Stirling 5K, which takes place as part of the Stirling Scottish Marathon events in the city centre on Sunday, 21 May.
Vicki was diagnosed with atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome in 2011, which is a clotting disorder that starts in the liver. The clots blocked her kidneys and led to full kidney failure, resulting in Vicki spending a week in intensive care and five weeks in hospital afterwards.
She will join 500 other runners in the city centre on Sunday, with Vicki planning to raise awareness about kidney donation.
“I think it’s a good way to raise awareness,” she explained. “It has made a huge difference. The one kidney I have now got is doing 80% of the work of two kidneys.
“It is working phenomenally well. I had an unrelated living donor, it was an altruistic donation, from a complete stranger. Most people think you have to be dead to donate a kidney but you don’t.
“Awareness is increasing around this, but for someone to be willing to donate a body organ to a complete stranger is a phenomenal thing. It is amazingly generous which has really blown me away that someone would be willing to do that.”
Vicki was unable to live an active lifestyle when she was on dialysis, comparing it to a ‘part-time job’ – but is now making up for lost time. She believes her new kidney has given her a new lease of life.
She added: “I have a young family, just having energy again for them and having the time – being on dialysis is like having a part time job, 15 hours a week – is amazing.
“My training is on track so I should be able to run all the way round.
“I saw the event advertised and I saw it as a good opportunity for me to nail my colours to the mast and say ‘right, I’m going to do this, I’m going to get fit’ and I thought that if I sign up for it and announce it on facebook, I can’t get out of it so that’s what I’ve done.”