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Formula One grid girl Khloe Atkinson dies after desperate kidney transplant plea

A Formula One grid girl who was left in desperate need of a kidney transplant after being placed in an induced coma has died aged 33.

Khloe Atkinson, who was also a part-time model, lost her sight in one eye in February and soon after was told she had kidney failure.

Treated at a hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, she was required to take 30 tablets a day and was on dialysis after being struck down with several medical issues.

After living with type-one diabetes for 10 years, she was told that she was in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

The family of Ms Atkinson announced that she had passed away in her sleep just two days after her 33rd birthday on August 8.

Khloe Atkinson, who was left in desperate need of a kidney transplant, has died

“We are stunned, we are heartbroken. We will never be the same without her,” they said in a tribute shared on social media by her friend Kayleigh Fyfe.

“We would like to thank you all so much for the love and generosity you have expressed for Khloe. She was incredibly touched by your kindness. Thank you.”

Ms Atkinson worked on shows such as The Real Housewives of Cheshire and as a grid girl for Honda and Formula One.

Khloe Atkinson has died as she waited for a transplant

Speaking about not being able to go back to work a few months ago, she said she was “heartbroken” and not being able to do what she loves.

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“I’m a part-time model and a grid girl and I love it, it’s not like a job. You get to stand looking glamorous, but I don’t feel like that now,” she added.

“It’s heartbreaking, I’ve been a professional dancer since the age of 18 and appeared on different TV shows and now I’ve got a tube hanging out of my belly. It’s frustrating because I’ve always worked.”

The part-time model and Formula One grid girl had been struck down by several medical issues
The part-time model and Formula One grid girl had been struck down by several medical issues

She previously told Stoke-on-Trent Live about her illness: “Diabetes does run in the family – my dad, brother and grandparents all have it.

“I was diagnosed at the age of 21 and at that age all of my friends were going out partying, drinking cocktails and I didn’t want to miss out.

“But diabetes is a silent killer and it kills your organs without you knowing.

“I put my contacts in one morning after going to the gym and my vision was blurred as if I was looking through frosted glass.

“I just presumed I’d put them in incorrectly so I went home to get my glasses and then when I put them on my sight didn’t change.

“After an emergency appointment I was diagnosed with Macular edema and now have no sight in my right eye and partial sight in my left.

Khloe Atkinson, 32, as a grid girl for Honda

“About a week later I went to the doctors because I had been experiencing intense headaches and nosebleeds.

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“I saw my GP at 10am one morning and at 8.30pm he called to say I had been playing on his mind and he thought I should seek emergency treatment.

“I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with kidney failure. My kidneys are now functioning at eight per cent and I’ve been put on dialysis until I can find a donor.”

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