A grateful mum overcame her fear of heights and abseiled 100 feet down a castle tower to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Nancy Rattner, 24, took on the challenge in gratitude for the treatment received by her three-year-old son Will, who has been in and out of the hospital since he was a day old.
Will has autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) - a rare genetic condition which caused cysts to grow on his kidneys – and hyperinsunlism – which causes low blood sugar.
He has been battling his way to health thanks to a kidney transplant – with his dad, James Balestrini as the donor.
Describing Will’s battle, Nancy, of Southgate, said: “He was transferred within hours of birth because he was very blue and his blood sugar was very low. He stayed there for two-and-a-half weeks when he was first born. Since then we’ve been in and out.
“When he got to about 18 months old, they knew his kidneys were failing quite quickly and he would need a transplant within the year.”
Fortunately, Will did not have to wait a year for a donor to be found as his dad proved to be a suitable match and the operation was carried out in October.
Despite one episode of rejection in March, which saw Will’s medication change, Nancy said she could not believe the change in her son.
She said: “Before, he had a massive stomach because his kidneys were so big. They were adult size. He couldn’t eat and had a tube down his nose and did not weigh much.
“Now it’s all different. He will eat now. The first time he ate I cried. It was mashed potato and it was his favourite thing and it was all he would eat for a while.
“I really cried when he had some spaghetti bolognaise!”
Now Nancy and James have discovered the joy of being parents to a boisterous young lad. She said: “He can run, he can jump, he can keep going for longer. He’s just a different child. It’s amazing.”
Praising the staff at Great Ormond Street, she added: “They have been there for every little problem. They listen as if you are the only parent in the world.”