Defying Dialysis

Defying Dialysis, ConnectaVision

Just for surviving after two failed kidney transplants and living long beyond the prognosis of six months he was given at age 20, Shad Ireland was already a something of a walking improbability.

The 37-year-old living with no working kidneys has taken his status as a medical marvel much further, though, performing physical feats most normally healthy people wouldn’t even dream of, despite spending most of his life on dialysis.

“For me to be on dialysis for 27 years, for me to do two triathlons, has really got the medical community scratching their heads,” Ireland said. “If you asked any doctor, if you told them about me, they would say it’s impossible.”

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