January 31 2015 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A councillor is urging others to become donors after giving one of his kidneys to his wife.
Nigel Lloyd, 56, who is a North Norfolk District Council member for North Walsham, donated the organ to his wife Diana in 2013.
He is keen to tell people they can be donors too without compromising their health – a message supported by charity Kidney Research UK.
He said: “There is no reason why a donor cannot lead a ‘normal’ life and giving the possibility of this same quality of life to another person is a wonderful feeling.”
Mr Lloyd’s wife had kidney failure resulting from damage caused by stag horn renal stones, leaving her having to have dialysis.
He and his daughter both volunteered to be tested to see if they were a suitable match.
Despite not being related in any way, Mr Lloyd had a good enough tissue match to be considered.
The operation took place in September 2013, with Mr Lloyd home in two days and a recovery period of six weeks before he returned to work.
His wife’s recovery took longer but she now has very good kidney function and leads a normal life once again.
Mr Lloyd has done a 50-mile bike ride for charity and later this month he will complete a triathlon.
Fellow North Walsham resident Paul Welsh is also calling on people to be donors after a successful kidney transplant.
The 51-year-old father-of-two recently underwent a third kidney transplant – having been given one by his wife Mandy in 2008 before his body rejected it after 18 months.
“Most people won’t have the complications I did but the more donors in the system the more opportunities there are for the awkward ones like me,” he said.
Mr Welsh hopes to return to his job as a motor mechanic in the autumn, and is looking forward to a time for hobbies and holidays without having to plan his life around three-times-a-week dialysis sessions.
He appealed for people to sign the organ donor register and help some of the growing number of 6,000 people in the UK, including 400 in Norfolk, waiting for a kidney.
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