Brother’s gift of a kidney saved my life

Barry (right) donated his right kidney to his younger brother Trevor in 1982 still despite its only

Barry (right) donated his right kidney to his younger brother Trevor in 1982 still despite its only last for about 5 years. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE Barry Augood (right) who donated his right kidney to his younger brother Trevor in 1982 still despite its only last for about 5 years. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Providing the priceless gift of life to his much loved brother was the only reward Barry Augood wanted.

He has been amply repaid for the selfless decision to donate a kidney to brother Trevor throughout the last 34 years.

Since the successful organ transplant in 1982 Barry has seen dad of two Trevor enjoy decades of health and happiness.

Their remarkable bond has strengthened over the years with both going on to share the joys of fatherhood.

Now Barry, from Happisburgh, is planning to get airborne for a skydive next month to raise funds for The National Kidney Foundation and promote organ donation.

Back in 1982, Trevor, 55, had been on dialysis for three years and undergone a failed transplant.

With time running out he agreed to see if his brother's kidney was a potential match.

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Trevor said: 'After the first transplant failed I nearly died, looked like a skeleton and was ready to give up.

'If I not received Barry's kidney I would not be alive at all.

'Thanks to my brother have I gone on to get married and have two lovely girls. He gave me a life, I am so grateful it is a debt I can never repay.'

Diagnosed with a twisted urethra as a child, Trevor had to undergo dialysis up to four times a week before having a kidney transplant. He was placed on a strict diet and limited to a pint of fluid a day.

At the time of the transplant Trevor, from Hellesdon near Norwich, was told it could provide another five years of quality life, but he is still in good health more than three decades later.

Reflecting on his decision to become a living donor Barry, 59, said: 'I was told that Trevor could expect five good years and was over the moon with that.

'Seeing the life he has got it is a powerful feeling knowing you have made that possible. Every time I see my brother makes it worthwhile and I have two lovely nieces Lucy and Sophie.'

The pair spoke about their special bond this week to highlight World Kidney Day.

Taking place today, the global event draws public attention to the importance of kidney health and assist patients with chronic kidney disease.

Barry hopes to raise £1,250 for The National Kidney Foundation taking part in the skydive at Beccles Airfield on April 17.

Pete Revell, head of fundraising at the National Kidney Federation, said: 'Currently there are over 7,000 people on the UK national transplant waiting list and, during the last financial year, over 1,300 people either died whilst on the waiting list or became too sick to receive a transplant.

'Barry is amazing, not only did he save his brother's life but now he is jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet to raise money for other kidney patients.'

To sponsor Barry visit www.justgiving.com/Barry-Augood

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