Helen Cavanagh, 51 is a project manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland who decided to give one of her co-workers an amazing gift : the one of life. Helen would literally be saving Julie Rogers’s life as the 45-year-old woman and mother of two lost both her kidneys in 2011 due to polycystic kidney disease. The condition is hereditary and it has already taken Helen’s grandfather and two of her aunts. No family member could become a donor as they are all carriers of the condition. Before Julie’s kidneys were removed they had become so large people would assume she was pregnant. Since the organ removal operation Julie needed to have a 5-hour dialysis session three times a week in order to survive. In general people last approximately 5 years on dialysis and Julie was on her 3rd.
When Helen found out that Julie’s and her blood type matched she knew it was meant to be and she simply had to help Julie. Helen has never had an operation before and she had never given birth so she is jokingly speaking about “having to try the marvellous drip of anesthesia”. The 51-year-old project manager has been publicly praised for her selfless act trying to help a friend in need.