A mother had to make a heartbreaking and difficult decision that would change her children’s lives forever.
According to Insider, Sarah Bingham, of Northumberland, UK, had to choose between donating her kidney to her son or daughter, who are both suffering from the same genetic disorder.
The 41-year-old mother had to decide between helping her 20-year-old, Noah, and 16-year-old, Ariel, both diagnosed with nephronophthisis, a disease that impairs kidney function.
In 2016, Ariel suffered from tiredness, which was initially blamed on exam stress. In July, she was rushed to the hospital with a stomach ache, where it was revealed that her kidneys were functioning at 25% capacity. It has since decreased to 17%.
In 2019, Noah was diagnosed with the same disorder after vomiting blood. He also suffers from gastroparesis, a condition that causes the stomach not to empty correctly.
Both siblings need a kidney transplant, but their father, Darryl Bingham, cannot donate because he has a different blood type.
“It was really hard knowing that both my children needed a kidney, but I only had one I could give,” she explained. “It was an incredibly hard decision to make and nobody can make it for you.”
Since the tragic news, two family friends who wished to remain anonymous have been deemed matches for Noah. Now, Bingham will be able to donate her kidney to her daughter.
The family’s youngest child, 12-year-old Casper, is currently being tested for the disorder.