Author(s): Dr Kim Chilman-Blair & Dr Kate Hersov
Jonah is a typical boy, he likes his friends, he likes video games, but he certainly does not like taking his new medicine. His dad is constantly nagging him to take tablets, which is really ruining his fun. Being taken home from a friend's house to take his medicine is the last straw, and Jonah takes revenge on the pesky pills by dumping them in a bin. He has a new kidney now, why bother? Luckily, the Medikidz are on hand to help. They take Jonah on a trip to Mediland where they show Jonah how the new kidney works, and explain how it is under constant threat from attack by his own immune system without his vital medicine!
Over 47,000 people in the UK are being treated for kidney failure, and 2500 of those will receive a kidney transplant in any given year. More than half of those receiving a transplant are now living 15 years longer after their operation. Key to this success is gaining an understanding of how to care for the new kidney, and fully engaging with kidney specialists. The learning curve required to do this can present a significant challenge to most adults, and a challenge greater still for younger adults and children.
Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair and Dr. Kate Hersov teamed up with a leading graphic novel artist to create a series of comic books explaining health conditions to young people from a medical viewpoint. Each comic is written by doctors and peer-reviewed by leading specialists in each respective therapy area. Medikidz is a resource designed to educate not only young patients, peers and their parents, but also to aid practitioners and educators in explaining health conditions as effectively as possible.