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One day several years ago, Linda Burke learned about a disease called aHUS. Her son was ill and that was the diagnosis she was told. Her reaction was to develop her own personal patient engagement.…Continue

Started Nov 9, 2016


It is a hard job to run a patient organisation. There are so many things that a patient organisation has  to do.In a long forgotten forum discussion, perhaps three years on this site, I contrasted…Continue

Started Mar 4, 2016

aHUS websites

As someone who for four years has had the task of introducing and maintaining a website on behalf of the UK's aHUS patient organisation I can appreciate what goes into starting and keeping an aHUS…Continue

Started Dec 26, 2015

aHUS websites

As someone who for four years has had the task of introducing and maintaining a website on behalf of the UK's aHUS patient organisation I can appreciate what goes into starting and keeping an aHUS…Continue

Started Dec 26, 2015


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September 6
Do you have a friend or family member diagnosed with aHUS?
Are you medical personnel or an aHUS researcher with an interest in aHUS issues?
My membership request involves business interests as I seek additional aHUS information for business applications.
My child ( or myself as a patient) is best described as:
Factor H (CFH) /Protein (Gene)

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Just up from this new activity box there is a video of Prof. Judith Goodship. Standing next  to her is Sean who Tim Goodship referred to in his recent webinar as being  a survivor of a family blighted by aHUS and which led him to research aHUS and discover the Complement Factor H mutation. Sean has been on dialysis for 25 years but has recently had a successful transplant, supported by eculizumab. He is a Geordie and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne ( my profile pic is taken on the Tyne Bridge!)…


Posted on August 12, 2014 at 3:38pm — 4 Comments

aHUS Patients appeal to the Prime Minister

Six aHUS patients family or carers went to Downing St this week to present a paper petition to the Prime Minister.

The petition called for him to tell the NHS to implement treatment for all aHUS Patients who need it immediately.

The 3000 signatures on the petition were raised in just five days! The public are supporting our call for justice

More pictures of the event and the aHUS Super Six can be seen by clicking…


Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:29am — 6 Comments

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At 7:29am on April 3, 2016, Didi Kirsten Tatlow said…
Hi Len, I remember you v well and hello again! I just completed and submitted the questionnaire. I do live in China but am perhaps not typical in the sense that when I had a flare in Dec. 2014 I was lucky enough to be able to get to Hong Kong for very good (private) treatment. Eculizumab is not available in China last I checked and only privately in Hong Kong so one needs a good private health plan. My sense is that in China there is little awareness of the disease, though they know and can treat TTP. Excitingly, there is a rare disease Organization here but they didn't really know aHUS either. I was last in touch with them in about June 2015 so can update with them if there's interest. Kind regards! I'm so glad there's a survey! What's it for? For whom?
At 11:59pm on December 26, 2014, Linda Burke said…

I trust that you had a lovely Boxing Day, and wanted to let you know that I toasted the Woodward clan while I popped my Christmas cracker on December 25th.  And yes, I did wear my crown whilst serving holiday dinner to several extended family members!  Hope you're enjoying a wonderful holiday wishes for a fabulous year to come!

At 10:27am on August 27, 2014, Kathy Jo Matlock said…
Len, it looks as though the Price's descended from Montgomeryshire, Wales. Montgomeryshire today constitutes the northern part of the principal area of Powys. Interesting. I'll look into the connection. Thanks!
At 10:13am on August 27, 2014, Kathy Jo Matlock said…
My maiden name is Price. The Price's are originally from Wales. I'm going to go check on that right now. We also have something called Lynch Syndrome. Both of my sisters have it as do 2 of their daughters. Their other children haven't been tested. We have a host of other autoimmune conditions in our family. My husband's sister has Wegener's. She was diagnosed in her early 30's. After being very, very ill , hospitalized in critical care numerous times, my husband donated a kidney to her. She rejected it fairly quickly but was "managed" and completely rejected after 18 months. In 2000 I donated a kidney & she's still healthy today! Many times I wonder if all of these things have a commonality...beyond being human! :) Thanks for replying! I'll be praying for you!
At 9:59pm on December 21, 2013, Cheryl Biermann said…

Hi Len, I just saw your daughter has been in the hospital.  I hope everything is back to normal and you can enjoy the beautiful Christmas season.  God bless you and your family.

At 9:23pm on December 20, 2013, Linda Burke said…

Hi Len,

Just checking in to see how your daughter is doing....hope that she's been released from the hospital, with one of the best Christmas presents EVER!

At 6:24pm on January 29, 2013, natalie furey said…

hi len im new to the site my daughter cheyanne was only disgnosed three weeks ago with ahus she was really poorly and we nearly lost her ,thankfully at royal manchester childrens hospital they got her eculizumab at ten oclock at nite two hours after admission and over the last three weeks its turned things right around,just wondering when is there next meeting ide love to come n contribute and comment on this miracle drug

At 5:30pm on November 22, 2012, clare smith said…
Hi Len,
Can't believe you saw the article in the enquirer! Our 15 year old nephew has recently done his work experience with the enquirer and they allowed him to do the article. He didn't do too bad, a few inacuurancies but not a bad job for his first go. I have since had another journalist ask if she can also cover our story.

We really hope to be at the meeting in Solihull but need to sort a sitter out for the children but as soon as I'm able to confirm I'll give Ian Macersie a call.
Would be so good to talk with others that have been through the same .
At 7:20pm on November 8, 2012, jemma kilty said…
Hiya thankyou so much. We will definitely be attending. Would you like me to ask her to contact you x
At 4:07pm on February 23, 2012, John Exton said…

HI Len

Thankyou for your kind welcome.




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The Atypical HUS Foundation encourages patients and investigators to share information and explore options/resources as we work together to gain insight into this rare complement disorder. By increasing contact opportunities with researchers and medical personnel interested in helping the aHUS community, our stories foster a better understanding of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Sharing information, inspiration and support for one another, we seek to gather together people and knowledge as we strive to improve the lives of patients and families dealing with a diagnosis of aHUS.

Be proactive! Get the medical basics of aHUS, what lab values to monitor, and areas of concern...check out the "aHUS Bootcamp" and "About aHUS" tabs at the top of this page!
If your doctor has never treated a case of aHUS, please print out our 'Doc to Doc Registry' and ask him/her to contact a physician versed in the complexities of aHUS and new options for 2011 genetic testing and treatment.


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Did you know...

CFH (Serum Complement Factor H) is a regulatory protein. The secreted protein product of CFH consists of 20 repetitive units named "short consensus repeats" or SCRs (each approximately 60 amino acids). In patients with aHUS the last 5 "pearls" in the twenty pearl strand protein, SCR16 - SCR20, should bind to protect cells but do not- they are defective in one or more of the last 5 SCR locations. If they cannot bind or stick to the kidney to protect that tissue, the platelets clump into clots that affect the glomeruli of the kidney -potentially causing acute renal failure.
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It is estimated that there are about 2 cases of aHUS in the U.S. per 1,000,000 of population, and about 60% of aHUS patients are diagnosed as children. The condition is potentially life threatening, and either can be chronic or can recur at intervals.
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Your donation of $295.for an aHUS pearl bracelet will directly fund research to help aHUSpatient and their families. Each bracelet has an appraised value of $925, and is offered with your gift of $295. Note:  For shipping outside the USA, please add $25. to cover international shipping costs.

(Note: Bracelets do not qualify as tax deductible donations under IRS regulations.)

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