Australian cricketer, Cameron Green, opens up about his ongoing battle with a long-term kidney condition.

Australian allrounder Cameron Green has shared his experience with a chronic kidney condition that once raised concerns among doctors about his life expectancy beyond the age of 12.

Since before birth, Green has been diagnosed with stage two kidney disease, which affects his body’s blood filtration ability. Despite having known Green since he was 15, former Australia coach Justin Langer was unaware of his condition until recently.

Green chose to disclose his condition to his Test teammates after experiencing cramping episodes related to his kidney function. Despite recently losing his Test spot, the 24-year-old has played 24 Tests since 2020 and is seen as a future star of the team.

When speaking about his condition, Green explained, “Chronic kidney disease is essentially a progressive disease that affects the kidney’s health function. My kidneys, unfortunately, do not filter the blood as effectively as others. Currently, they operate at about six percent, which corresponds to stage two of the disease. Chronic kidney disease has five stages, with stage one being the mildest and stage five requiring a transplant or dialysis. Fortunately, I am at stage two. However, if I neglect proper care, the function can deteriorate as kidneys cannot recover. It’s a irreversible condition.”

Throughout his childhood, Green’s health was closely monitored, with regular ultrasounds on his kidneys. Reflecting on that time, Green, who stands at 198cm tall, said, “I vividly remember being in the hospital every week for kidney ultrasounds, just to check their size and health. When I was younger, my parents were told that I might be very short, which is quite funny to look back on. I consider myself fortunate that chronic kidney disease hasn’t had as severe a physical impact on me as it has had on others with the same condition.”

Green’s father, Gary, shared that it was unknown territory when Cameron was diagnosed with the condition before birth. He explained, “The outlook wasn’t positive. There were concerns about his life expectancy; they thought he might not live past the age of 12.”

Bee Tracey, Green’s mother, expressed her fear when doctors informed her about the condition during her 19-week scan. She stated, “They discovered that he had a thickening of his bladder and identified it as a urethral valve blockage, resulting in the backflow of urine to the kidneys and hindering their proper development.”

In terms of diet, Green has to be cautious about his protein and sodium intake. However, even with proper diet management, he can still experience cramping, as he did during an ODI match against New Zealand in Cairns last year while representing Australia.

“Fortunately, I am dating a dietitian, Emily Redwood, who can assist me in planning the meals required for taking care of myself,” said Green. “During my upbringing, my mother prepared nutritious meals that were kidney-friendly. At the time, I was upset about having to consume all those healthy meals, but over time, I became grateful that we did.”

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