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Remarkable Turnaround For Ex-College Student

Wednesday October 16 2013

Kathrin and Susan Kathrin and Susan

KATHRIN Baldry's mum was told her little girl only had months to live when she was born, but now Kathrin, 20, has just completed a charity skydive with her!

Mum Susan, 51, was told her baby would only live for 18 months after she was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia as a baby.

Kathrin has suffered with jaundice and tiredness and says she's had her 'fair share' of hospitalisations.

She battled with her illness during her studies and had to sit her GCSE English exam at home.

Kathrin, of Norwood Drive, Barugh Green, underwent a liver transplant aged 16 and was named Barnsley College's student of the year for her grit and determination.

She is now studying for a teaching qualification at Edge Hill University.

At the end of September, she plunged 15,000ft to raise money for the Children's Liver Foundation and was joined by Susan.

"It was fast and cold and it was quite scary but we enjoyed it," Kathrin said. "When I touched the ground it was relief but you also felt like you had done a marathon because it takes the breath out of you."

Kathrin said she is feeling stronger since the transplant and the skydive was a special experience for her to share with her mum.

"I've always wanted to live a full life because my donor gave me a second chance to live my life to the best I can."

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Reply Posted by Annie80s on Tuesday October 22 2013 at 21:42
Well done and good luck for the future x