Wife gave me spe­cial 40th an­niver­sary gift ...one of her kid­neys

Daily Express - - EXCLUSIVE: NICK BOLES, MP - By Chris Riches

Above, nurse Doris Miles and, right, Navy Sur­geon-Lieu­tenant hus­band Roger A WOMAN gave her hus­band the ul­ti­mate 40th wed­ding an­niver­sary gift – one of her kid­neys to trans­form his life.

Steve Heavy­side, 60, needed a donor af­ter was stricken for more than three years with poly­cys­tic kid­ney dis­ease re­quir­ing daily dial­y­sis ses­sions.

He hailed wife Tricia “my hero­ine” for her act of kind­ness.

Steve said: “I can’t thank her enough. The trans­plant had trans­formed my life. I’m a new man.

“It was a per­fect ruby wed­ding an­niver­sary gift. The dif­fer­ence in my health, I just can’t de­scribe.”

Steve, of Bar­row-in-Furness, Cum­bria, added: “My health had re­ally de­te­ri­o­rated be­fore my trans­plant, my func­tion had got down to six per cent. I was strug­gling to get my legs out of bed. You think, ‘how long have I got?’

“The doc­tors are amazed at the suc­cess of my trans­plant. The func­tion is up to 50 per cent.”

Tricia, 61, of­fered to be a donor af­ter medics at Royal Pre­ston Hos­pi­tal failed to find any other liv­ing donor match.

Tests showed she was a tis­sue match but not a blood match so they were given a chance to try blood-type com­pat­i­bil­ity.

It in­volved in­ten­sive plasma treat­ment to re­move an­ti­bod­ies from Steve’s blood ahead of the trans­plant, so his body would have less chance of re­ject­ing his wife’s kid­ney.

He was also given some of her an­ti­bod­ies to boost the chances of the kid­ney be­ing ac­cepted.

Tricia was in surgery for two hours re­mov­ing a kid­ney while kitchen de­sign boss Steve was in the­atre for four hours. The fa­ther -of-three said: “The care from the NHS has been amaz­ing.

“We are plan­ning for the fu­ture. I couldn’t re­ally do that be­fore.”

He has been cy­cling again and hopes to soon play golf.

Tricia added: “When I saw Steve de­te­ri­o­rat­ing I thought, ‘I have per­fectly good kid­neys and I wanted to help him’. We just cried when we saw each other for the first time af­ter our oper­a­tions.”

Steve Heavy­side and his wife Tricia both cried af­ter surgery

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