Warren Higgs, the man with polycystic kidney disease and giant kidneys
A 54-year-old man in England is hoping to get his life back after both his enlarged kidneys will be removed next month. Warren Higgs from Southern England has kidneys that have grown to an estimated 40 kg because of polycystic kidney disease (PKD).
Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disorder that causes the development of clusters of cysts within the kidneys. This causes the kidneys to enlarge and lose function over time. Cysts are noncancerous sacs that vary in size and have the tendency grow very large. Higgs’ medical history revealed that he has suffered from multiple strokes and aneurysms because of his condition. He had a severe stroke 15 years ago leaving the right side of his body paralysed. Followed by 6 other strokes that damaged the left side of his brain. He also suffered from pneumonia and an unfortunate accident that left him with broken ribs.
Although Higgs’ kidney function has maintained over the years, other organs have grown significantly.
According to one surgeon his kidneys are bigger than the current world record holder of the world’s largest kidneys. The enlarged kidneys are also now crushing his lungs, making it difficult for him to even breathe. “It’s horrible, it’s a nasty, nasty disease,” he said, adding that his kidneys were now so big that he could not breathe properly because “they’re crushing my lungs.”
Higgs’ would regularly participate in triathlons in the past, however, is unable to now. His condition has robbed him of his life and this operation will help his life return to some form of normalcy. He will require dialysis and a few other surgeries after the first procedure.
After the procedure, Higgs will donate one of his kidneys for research, whereas preserve the other in a glass jar at his house as a souvenir. He hopes to return to cycling and participate in an obstacle race with his 19-year-old son before falling ill. “I’d like to get back, do my cycling, and do one of those [obstacle course races] with my son,” he said.
Windsor Cars and Driven Forward Charity are working together to raise money for Higgs’ surgery via gofundme and you too can donate to help him get back to doing the things he loves!
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