Parents in Leeds transplant tests for poorly Mia

Glyn Harland with Carole Hare, Sammi Ramsey and her children Harry Mason and Mia Mason.
Glyn Harland with Carole Hare, Sammi Ramsey and her children Harry Mason and Mia Mason.
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THE PARENTS of a toddler with a serious kidney condition are undergoing tests to see if they could be her lifesaving organ donor.

Mia Mason will need a transplant within the next 12 months after she was born with the rare illness congenital nephrotic syndrome.

She is already a regular patient at Leeds Children’s Hospital but now doctors have warned her parents Sammi Ramsey and Michael Mason that she will need a transplant in the near future.

The pair are now going through screening in the hope that one of them could donate their kidney.

“We are blood group matches, which is the main thing, and now we are going for tissue typing,” Miss Ramsey said.

“Hopefully one of us will be able to donate.”

Mia was very poorly after she was born and initially her parents were told she could die within six months.

She was transferred to Leeds Children’s Hospital and has been undergoing intense treatment at the renal unit ever since. Now the tot is being prepared to start dialysis, but in the longer term she will need a kidney transplant.

Her mum, who also has 15-month-old Harry, added: “Within 12 months, hopefully she will have had it. If we don’t do this, it’s not worth thinking about.”

Mia, from Harrogate, has inspired her family and friends to raise more than £6,000 so far for Leeds Children’s Hospital.

The next events are Mia’s grandma’s partner Glyn Harland taking part in the Great North Swim and a team doing Knaresborough Bed Race, both next month. Donate via or

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