Fiona is given gift of a bright fu­ture

A woman who re­ceived a life­sav­ing kid­ney trans­plant in May 2017 has backed a cam­paign to in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple on the NHS Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter.

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Fiona Davies, 35, now has the en­ergy to en­joy life with her son and hus­band fol­low­ing five years of liv­ing with kid­ney fail­ure.

Fiona was di­ag­nosed with poly­cys­tic kid­ney dis­ease (PKD) when she was 17, a hered­i­tary dis­ease which she suc­cess­fully man­aged.

How­ever the birth of son James in 2012 im­pacted on Fiona’s kid­ney func­tion which con­tin­ued to de­cline un­til she reached end-stage kid­ney fail­ure in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Fol­low­ing assess­ment, Fiona was listed for trans­plant in March 2017 and had a fis­tula fit­ted in prepa­ra­tion for dial­y­sis.

Fam­ily and friends came for­ward to be tested as po­ten­tial liv­ing donors. How­ever news that a suit­able de­ceased donor had been found came just three weeks af­ter Fiona joined the wait­ing list and the trans­plant was a suc­cess.

Fiona took part in the Donor Run at the Bri­tish Trans­plant Games in North La­nark­shire last July in recog­ni­tion of what her donor and their fam­ily has done for her, although she ad­mits what­ever she does, it’ll never be enough.

Fiona said: “Look­ing back, I had no idea how ill I ac­tu­ally was to­wards the end. I was get­ting through life but was con­stantly tired and had no con­cen­tra­tion. Mo­ti­vat­ing my­self to do things be­came harder and harder.

“I wanted to hold off dial­y­sis un­til my son started school but could start to feel things dip­ping.

“I had rest­less legs and couldn’t sit for any length of time, I felt sick when I ate and was in bed for 7.30pm ev­ery night.

“I was re­ally lucky as so many peo­ple came for­ward to of­fer to be liv­ing donors, from my fam­ily to my col­leagues, to old friends.

“My dad was a match but as it turned out, the kid­ney I got was a bet­ter match, free­ing my dad up to do­nate to my mum, who also has PKD, when the time comes.”

Speak­ing about the im­pact of or­gan do­na­tion, Fiona said: “I got the call just min­utes af­ter my son’s fifth birth­day party and the trans­plant surgery all went to plan.

“I was home six days later and things just got bet­ter and bet­ter.

“It’s quite un­be­liev­able the change it has made to my life and I have my donor to thank for that.

“For the first cou­ple of weeks I found my­self very up­set that I didn’t know more about the per­son who had given me some­thing so sig­nif­i­cant.

“It’s hard when you can’t do any­thing to show your grat­i­tude, but we’ve vis­ited the or­gan do­na­tion me­mo­rial at Kelv­in­grove and are plan­ning a visit to Ed­in­burgh to visit the me­mo­rial at the Botan­ics to pay trib­ute to what that per­son has done for me.

“When you die there’s so much good you can do.

“My be­lief is that you’re big­ger than your body. “You don’t re­alise that un­til your ill. “Or­gan do­na­tion ab­so­lutely changes lives and I don’t think peo­ple re­alise just how im­por­tant it is.

“My donor freed up my dad to save my mum, my lit­tle boy has his mum back – and I have a fu­ture.”

Hered­i­tary con­di­tion Mum Fiona

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