Amaz­ing kid­ney gift to best friend

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A WO­MAN has given an amaz­ing gift to her best friend – one of her kid­neys.

He­len Crowther had the oper­a­tion to help her pal Andy Clewes, a DJ on Cheshire’s Silk 106.9.

He has suf­fered with chronic kid­ney dis­ease since birth and had re­cently started to need dial­y­sis treat­ment.

The pair are now hop­ing to en­cour­age oth­ers to sign up to the or­gan donor reg­is­ter.

Andy, 46, said: “I feel lucky and grate­ful to be able to have this trans­plant. It means I can get my life back and I’m very much look­ing for­ward to a fu­ture when I will be well.

“I’ve been lucky to have a friend who is will­ing and able to help, but oth­ers aren’t so for­tu­nate and rely on the kind­ness of strangers.”

He­len had the or­gan taken out at Royal Liver­pool Hospi­tal and it was trans­ported along the M62 to Andy at Manch­ester Royal In­fir­mary.

The pair be­came friends in 2006 after meet­ing at a char­ity fundrais­ing event. Last year He­len, 46, was Andy’s “best wo­man” at his wed­ding.

He­len said: “For me, it’s just a cou­ple of months out of my life when I’ll feel a bit tired and sore, but for Andy it will be a whole new life.”

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