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Grateful Katie raises funds for charity that saved life.

Byline: Anuji Varma

A FORMER liver patient is raising funds as a 60th birthday present for the charity that helped save her life.

Katie Haywood, now aged 20, was born with a disease that caused her body to produce too little protein, causing kidney damage.

She was treated for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency at Birmingham Children's Hospital after research there was boosted by funding from Action Medical Research.

The money paid for medics at the hospital to look at the problem of malnutrition in children with severe liver disease.

Katie, from Stafford, was fed special milk which helped her grow into a healthy young woman.

She now lives a full life and has just completed the first year of a degree course. Katie said: "I feel honoured that I was part of Dr Sue Protheroe's groundbreaking research. I was born just at the right time. For it to have improved my quality of life so drastically is priceless."

The research involved her parents monitoring Katie over six weeks while she was given the milk, then reporting back to the hospital.

"We reported back constantly to Sue and her team on weight gain," Nigel said. "We were advised on changes to the feed 'recipe' as Katie grew and gained weight."

Dr Protheroe added: "Without the funding from Action Medical Research we would not have been able to do this research."

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Raising funds: Former Birmingham Children's Hospital liver patient Katie Haywood with her parents, and as a baby.
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