Meet Joshua and his family
Pregnant with her second child, Emma attended a routine pregnancy scan only to have her whole world turned upside down.
The scan revealed that her baby had a post-urethral valve: a tiny flap of skin that prevented him from urinating. In a quiet room, the doctor told Emma and her husband Stuart that their son (who they named Joshua was unlikely to survive more than a few days after birth).
The pressure created by urine building up inside Joshua's bladder had made it expand to about six times the size it should have been. His kidneys were so damaged they had little functioning tissue left.
When it was time for Joshua to be born, his parents hadn't even set up a bassinet.
"It has been a difficult two years, but the wonderful care from his medical team has kept us positive."
- Joshua’s mum, Emma
Saving Joshua's life
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