Baby’s fight to survive inspires challenge

Mark Thomas

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An uncle is taking on the ultimate challenge to raise awareness of kidney diseases after his nephew’s brave battle.

Mark Thomas is taking part in next month’s 100-mile cycle challenge ‘Ride London - Surrey 100’ to raise money for Kidney Research UK.

He chose this charity after nephew Harry Thomas made a ‘miraculous’ recovery from serious kidney disease aHUS, which affects fewer than 200 people in the UK.

Earlier this year baby Harry, from Market Rasen’s De Aston Park, had to be rushed to Nottingham Queen’s Medical Centre where doctors battled to save his life over a tense four hours.

Mark told the Rasen Mail: “I decided that I would like to cycle for a charity that is working to fund research into rare kidney diseases such as the one that nearly took the life of my gorgeous nephew.”

A Kidney Research UK spokesman said: “Kidney Research UK is the largest funder dedicated to kidney research and kidney problems in the UK, with the aim of finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for kidney disease.”

For more information go to kidneyresearchuk.org.