A poorly mother in desperate need of a kidney transplant reveals she has chosen to treat her condition by eating nothing but fruit.
Polina Petruk, 33, was told by doctors she should say ‘goodbye to any kind of normal life’ when diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in 2007.
The rare condition causes scarring to the kidney and damage to the organ’s blood cleaning mechanism – and doctors warned Ms Petuk, from East Dulwich, London, she had a 50 per cent chance of dying within a decade.
FSGS also hampered her chances of having a child, as doctors feared a pregnancy would put too much pressure on her kidneys.
But Ms Petruk went against medical advice and had her daughter Maia, now five, which caused her lung function to plummet to just five per cent.
After becoming a ‘fruitarian’ in 2016, she now claims to feel fine – and needs fewer sessions of dialysis each week. And she says doctors are astonished at her energy levels and health, which she credits to her diet of six meals of fruit every day.