Sunderland man hopes to influence others after achieving university lecturer dream following a kidney transplant

A Sunderland University lecturer has set out to support and inspire others after being diagnosed with kidney disease at 22-years-old and waiting nearly five years for a kidney transplant.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 7:00 am
Kudz Munongi has set out to raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of transplants.

Kudz Munongi, 39, plans to help members of the local community by becoming a community ambassador for Kidney Research UK after being on dialysis for nearly five years before successfully receiving a kidney transplant 13 years ago.

The Senior Lecturer in Finance and Accounting achieved his dream of becoming a lecturer after going to University following the organ transplantation.

Now, the 39-year-old wants to raise awareness of the importance of organ donations and research to make life better for people living with kidney disease.

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Kudz Munongi is now a senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland.

Mr Munongi said it would have been “impossible to survive this long and lead a happy life” without the kidney transplant so wants to make people aware of how much organ donations mean to people.

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At 22-years-old Kudz temporarily lost his eyesight before physicians quickly realised it was kidney failure when he had excessive fluid retention and had to be put on dialysis as a matter of urgency.

He said: “There is currently no cure for kidney disease and transplants sadly don’t last forever.

"Dialysis can be gruelling so I hope that by being a community ambassador I can raise awareness and also encourage people in our area to get involved in fundraising for vital research.”

Kudz added: “I have seen first-hand how kidney disease can impact people’s lives. I am now giving something back to the charity that is close to my heart by being a community ambassador for Kidney Research UK.”

The lecturer, who has been back on dialysis since December 2020, is now part of a team of volunteer community ambassadors across the UK who are raising money and awareness for Kidney Research UK on World Kidney Day on Thursday, March 11.

He said: “I have a passion to help and influence others who might be struggling with kidney disease and love chatting to anyone interested in knowing more.

"Organ donations are limited so I want to make people aware that by donating their organs, it can change someone’s life.”

You can contact community ambassador Kudz by emailing [email protected]

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