Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Girl, 4, Getting Taste for Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Girl, 4, Getting Taste for Life

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Byline: By Craig Thompson

Little Alice Skinner has never known what it is like to taste food ( until now.

Born four years ago with no kidneys, she has been kept alive by a dialysis machine and fed intravenously.

But the youngster, who is waiting for a transplant at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, is now enjoying feeding herself for the first time.

And she has developed a real taste for it.

Dad George, 35, said: "She loves cream cheese. She also likes chocolate but that is only for special treats."

Alice, who has just celebrated her fourth birthday with a big party, is slowly getting used to putting food into her mouth, never having done it before.

The eating process is also helping with her condition.

George, a salesman, added: "Because she is eating cheese, she is getting calcium, which means she doesn't have to take as much medication as she has been."

The dialysis machine at the RVI cleans Alice's blood four hours a day, three times a week. …

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