A North-east woman whose kidney is in the wrong position has given birth to a “miracle baby”in what is thought to be a world first.
Sarah Robertson, who lives in Alford with her partner Mark Harvie, is now a proud mum to Dominic.
The 33-year-old was told she would find it difficult to start a family after undergoing a kidney transplant when she was just 13.
Despite her kidney being toward the front of her abdomen rather than the back, Sarah welcomed her little boy.
NHS Grampian said this is believed to be a world first for someone with the organ in this position.
The full-time mum, originally from Blairgowrie, has had problems with her kidneys since the age of 10 and had to put on dialysis for two-and-a-half years.
Sarah had two failed kidney transplants before the third was successful in 1997.
Kidneys are normally transplanted beside where the original organ is located but due to the previous failed attempts Sarah had it put to the front of her body.
She said: “My understanding is because the doctors wanted the kidney to get a good blood flow, as it is part of the reason my second transplant failed, they essentially connected it straight to my heart.
“One of the biggest risks at the time was because I was on dialysis and had a tube coming out of my stomach to be connected to the dialysis is they had to remove that tube, which is normally kept in incase the kidney failed.
“I remember being told, but being 13 years old it was never something that was on my mind that they didn’t know what would happen if I wanted to start a family.
“I never really thought about it until it was something that I wanted to do and I ended up going through tests for about a year before being told it was okay to try for a baby.”
He wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t had my transplant and I feel so privileged that I was able to carry him and give birth to him
Sarah added doctors searched for a long time for someone else who had a transplant like hers and “came to the conclusion that they didn’t know what would happen” and they had to “take it day by day”.
She said: “The doctors have now written a paper about me they are hoping to publish so if anyone else gets in the situation it can be a little bit easier for them.
“I like to call us patient X and baby X.
“I definitely call him my miracle baby now.
“He wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t had my transplant and I feel so privileged that I was able to carry him and give birth to him which is why I wanted to tell people the importance of organ donation.
“The biggest risk with the pregnancy was losing my kidney.
“As your uterus grows the kidney is put under pressure.
“Towards the end of my pregnancy I was in every week but the hospitals took amazing care of me. I never felt like Dominic or I were in any danger. He must be the most scanned baby ever.”
After Dominic was born in February, Sarah had to have emergency surgery after scar tissue from her various operations over the years had twisted her bowels.
She spent 10 days in hospital before being released.
Consultant Nephrologost Dr David Walbaum said: “Sarah’s story demonstrates the huge benefits of kidneys transplants.
I would encourage everyone to think about organ donation and to discuss their wishes with family and loved ones.
“The transplant she received when she was only 13 years old has allowed her to lead a normal life, including the opportunity to have a family of her own, as successful pregnancies are uncommon for women who remain on dialysis.
“Successful pregnancies are now common for women with kidney transplants, but Sarah’s case was unusual because of where the transplant had to be placed in her body.
“Sarah and Dominic’s story would not have been possible without the remarkable gift of the kidney donor’s family all those years ago. I would encourage everyone to think about organ donation and to discuss their wishes with family and loved ones.”
Sarah has started her own Facebook page to raise awareness and reach as many people with kidney failure and transplants as possible.
She added: “People can give people the gift of life by becoming a donor and the biggest thing for me is that it didn’t just save my life, it brought Dominic into the world.”