Kidney donor day delights
St George’s recently hosted a small celebration for kidney donors and recipients from the last year. They were joined by the Renal team, who did a record amount of 145 transplants last year, giving them a chance to come together to talk to each other about their experiences and to celebrate.
One of the donors, Spencer Moss, below, revealed his new tattoo, a permanent reminder that he was: “Proud to give the gift of life” to best friend, Dave, in 2013.
Kathryn Harrison took to the trust’s Facebook page to say:
“I was a kidney donor at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 and am so glad I did it. My husband was the recipient and it has given him – and therefore me – a new lease of life. We could not fault the care and support we received both at St George’s and at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and I would urge anyone considering it to go for it.”
Cindy Woolley also opted to add her story and opinion via social media: “I had my transplant there in 2009 and the donor was my cousin and the care that we received was incredible including the 3 months that I attended the outpatients transplant clinic. They all do an incredible job.”
Donors and the the Renal team were joined by BBC London news, who did a wonderful piece on the team which appeared on both lunchtime and evening news.
Special Health Authority NHS Blood and Transport (NHSBT) Tweeted: “@StGeorgesTrust were discussing kidney donation on @BBCLondonNews yesterday,” concluding by urging its 12,700 followers to visit BBC iPlayer and watch the broadcast, which was available for 24 hours after transmission.