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SINGAPORE — Mr Nathaniel Alejandrino is 25 and is building up his savings not to get his first flat or to plan for a wedding like his peers. The sales executive is working hard to save up for a kidney transplant, which is likely to cost him around S$100,000.

He was only 22 when he was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure and he is now on the waiting list for a renal transplant.

The average waiting time for a cadaver kidney donor is around nine years.

Mr Alejandrino, a permanent resident from the Philippines who has lived here since he was nine, was a recruit undergoing Basic Military Training during National Service when he started experiencing severe feet swelling, loss of appetite, altered taste, and fatigue — the classic warning symptoms of kidney failure.

He was hospitalised for a month and underwent emergency dialysis.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/young-mans-cautionary-tale-how-he-had-kidney-failure-22