LIFELINE (2022) – Mixed media sculpture

Haemodialysis is my lifeline.

Haemodialysis means that your blood flows outside of your body and through a special filter that removes wastes and extra fluids, the clean blood is then returned to your body.

The blood travels through tubes that are inserted into a fistula via needles. The fistula is prepared at least 8 weeks before starting haemodialysis via a small operation to re-route a vein in your arm to an artery, which increases blood flow. If patients have fragile veins then access can be made via a line, often placed near the neck or in the leg.