X Factor star's mum is battling severe kidney failure

Alexandra Burke reveals she has tried to donate a kidney to her mother – but she refused, as the operation could mean Alex could never have a child of her own.

Alex, 24, says she made the offer several times as mum Melissa Bell is suffering from severe kidney failure caused by diabetes.

‘I’ve tried three or four times,’ she says. ‘But mum made the choice because the doctors said it could mean I wouldn’t be able to conceive. 

‘She didn’t want to restrict me. But I was willing to adopt anyway.’

Melissa, 48, currently has eight hours of dialysis a day and is one of 1,000 on a waiting list.

Mother and daughter plan to appear in a week of ITV shows aimed at raising donation rates, they tell the Weekend magazine for the Daily Mail.

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