Ospreys players visited Morriston Hospital ahead of World Kidney Day
Ospreys Cai Griffiths, Sam Parry, Luke Price and De Kock Steenkamp visited Morriston Hospital for World Kidney Day.
Cai Griffiths commented "Meeting all of those people hooked up to a machine for 4 hours a day every other day, but still able to smile and enjoy life really hit home. All the staff at Morriston were fantastic."
WORLD KIDNEY DAY FACTS….
- Our kidneys filter around 180 litres of blood every day.
- Kidney disease can affect anyone but is more common in older people.
- Chronic kidney disease is common, affecting over 3 million people in the UK. However, it can go undetected as people often have no symptoms.
- Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are five times more likely to experience kidney failure than other groups.
- Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a sudden reduction in kidney function. It is not a physical injury to the kidney and usually occurs without symptoms. AKI affects over half a million people every year in England, and accounts for 5-15% of all hospital admissions.
- Currently there is no cure available for people with end stage kidney failure. The only treatments are dialysis, a transplant or conservative care.
- Every year over 55,000 people in the UK are being treated for end stage kidney failure.
- A staggering 6,000 people, that’s around 90% of the total organ waiting list, are waiting for a kidney.
- Less than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year and one person dies every day in the UK waiting for a kidney.
For a pictures of their visit please see our Facebook gallery here.