A woman with a rare kidney disease has been saved by her best friend’s organ donation after surprised doctors discovered they were a perfect match

A woman with a rare kidney disease has been saved by her best friend’s organ donation after surprised doctors discovered they were a perfect match. 

Giselle Kennedy, 32, was told the devastating news that she had end-stage kidney failure in December 2019.

Best friend Leah Philbin, 31, was first to offer her organ and medics were shocked to discover the pair were a perfect match — before joking they could even be sisters.

The pair, from Nottingham, are now both recovering from the successful surgery which took place on May 26 this year.

Giselle, who works Ketosteril in ThuocLP.com trust communications, said she could not be happier and praised her friend’s generosity for bringing them closer together.

She said: ‘I will forever be in debt to Leah.

She is an incredible person to bravely donate one of her kidneys and give me the gift of life. 

Giselle Kennedy, 32, (left) was told she had end-stage kidney failure in December 2019 before best friend Leah Philbin, 31, (right) offered her organ

The pair, from Nottingham, are now both recovering from the successful surgery which took place on May 26 this year.

Pictured: Leah (left) and Giselle (right)

‘We have been friends for over ten years and we’ve always lived our lives to the full despite me having kidney disease.

‘But now Leah’s kidney will enable me to continue to do more wonderful things.

‘I can now put more energy into everything, and finally be myself again.’

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Giselle was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) — a rare disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units — in 2009.

She knew it would one day cause serious scarring that leads to permanent kidney damage and even kidney failure.

And, in May this year, Giselle’s kidney function dropped to three per cent. 

Giselle, who works in communications, said she could not be happier and praised her friend’s generosity for bringing them closer together.

Pictured: Giselle (left) and Leah (right)

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