Another freezing cold Saturday at London Road was the scene for a very special little boy to have his mascot day. Stevie was the lucky lad, whose job it was to lead the Posh out against Birmingham City.
We contacted Stevie’s parents after seeing him on local TV news towards the end of last year.
When he was first born, Stevie developed a urine infection. A scan showed his kidneys were very small and that he had a blocked urethral valve that was destroying one of the organs.The damage caused means Stevie’s kidneys no longer remove waste and toxins from his blood as they should. Instead, he must undergo life-preserving dialysis treatment at home for ten hours each night – attached to a machine via a catheter in his stomach while he sleeps.
Stevie’s best chance at a normal life, bar the discovery of a cure for his condition, is a kidney transplant. He had to wait almost three years until he was big enough to receive one in January 2011. However, this failed after just two days because of a blood clot and had to be removed.
Stevie is now back on the transplant waiting list with around 7,000 other patients who need a kidney transplant, while members of his family are tested as potential organ donors. Stevie’s family also recently found out that dad, Jon, wasn’t eligible to be a donor.
Stevie came along with mum, Gemma, dad Jon and brother JJ, as well as Stuart from Kidney Research UK and, as it was so cold, he put his kit over his normal clothes ready for the afternoon’s fun! We visited the dressing room, where Stevie got pictures and autographs of the players, before heading to the referee’s room, executive boxes and boardroom. The it was time for a training session on the pitch with mascot co-ordinator Simon and Stevie thought it was very funny to aim the ball at his brother in the stand!
Stevie received a huge cheer from the London Road End when he scored a goal in front of them and then went back down the tunnel to get ready to lead the team out onto the pitch, ahead of the 2-0 defeat for the Posh.
As always thanks to everybody at Peterborough United for looking after Stevie so fantastically and all at Kidney Research for their support with the day.