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Kidney patient told to get work or lose benefits

A former soldier who only has one kidney has been told he's got to go back to work or he'll lose his benefits. He travels from West Somerset to Bristol three times a week for dialysis because of a disease affecting his remaining kidney.

He says no employer would want him, and believes the government's drive to get more people like him off benefits is unfair. The Department for Work and Pensions says it won't comment on individual cases.

Kidney patient says he is victim of benefits cuts

Lee Dunlop, kidney patient Credit: Itv News West Country

A former soldier who only has one kidney has been told he's got to go back to work or lose his benefits. Lee Dunlop travels from West Somerset to Bristol three times a week for dialysis because of a disease affecting his remaining kidney and says no one would want him.

His family think he is a victim of the government's attempt to get more people off benefits.

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Dorset wife undergoes kidney transplant to give husband a better life

Kidney disease kills more people than cancer and claims more victims every year. People who develop the disease will eventually end up on dialysis while they wait for a transplant.

Our Health Correspondent Rebecca Broxton followed a Dorset couple as they both went under the knife to ensure a better future for them both.

WARNING: the report contains images of an operation.