Seven-year-old Matthew Pietrzyk, from Glenfield, Leicestershire, was born with a rare genetic disorder that has damaged his kidneys. Last week, his mother Nicola started a social media campaign to raise awareness of organ donation and to find a living kidney donor for her baby. Nicola started a Facebook page, A million likes for a kidney for Matthew.
Matthew and his family have received an overwhelming amount of support, including a video message from a five-year-old named Jack Scoble, who lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. This little guy underwent kidney transplant last year.
In the video, Jack gives Matthew some words of encouragement, “I want to tell you to hang in there buddy…I got my new kidney after a whole year and, even though I am little, I remember how hard it was living on the machine and having injections every day until my new kidney came. But keep your fight and your chin up, Matthew.”
This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It’s incredible how two little boys can share such a strong message. While we all face struggles in our day to day lives, sometimes we forget that there are these brave little soldiers who must go undergo some pretty grown up challenges, but in spite of sadness they still manage to smile. We’ll be routing for you both!