Pic­ture of pain: Just days af­ter op but Tom is al­ready fa­tally ill

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Six days af­ter his trans­plant, Tom Tyre­man sits in a chair in his hos­pi­tal room – un­aware that his new liver has al­ready given him ter­mi­nal can­cer.

His widow Judy took the pic­ture in the Free­man Hos­pi­tal in New­cas­tle.

She said: “I only took the photo be­cause I hoped to buck him up down the line and show him how far he had come once he was on the road to re­cov­ery.

“But that mo­ment never came. It’s so hard to look at it now.”

Tom’s fam­ily say they feel “badly let down” by the hos­pi­tal and the NHS Blood and Trans­plant ser­vice.

They say they had to drag ev­ery ad­mis­sion from doc­tors and only learned last week that an­other trans­plant pa­tient, Pauline Hunt, had been given the same ag­gres­sive can­cer by her new kid­ney.

Judy re­vealed no­body from the trans­plant team got in touch un­til the night be­fore Tom’s fu­neral.

She said: “I sus­pect they only got in touch then be­cause a fam­ily friend who was also a pa­tient had been at a clinic that day and was ask­ing if they’d been in touch with us.

“It was as if they just didn’t want to know us once things started to go wrong.”

Tom’s sis­ter Jane said: “We have been turn­ing our­selves in­side out try­ing to get to the truth about what re­ally went on and why Tom died the way he did.

“When we dis­cov­ered there was an­other fam­ily af­fected too, it was a shock.

“No­body had men­tioned that oth­ers had been af­fected.

“There’s been too much se­crecy over what hap­pened.

“I don’t think for one mo­ment Pauline and her fam­ily and our fam­ily would even have got to know about each other, never mind get­ting to sup­port each other, if the Sun­day Post hadn’t told us.

“We’re heart­bro­ken for Pauline and her fam­ily and what they have ahead of them.

“It’s al­most a year since both Tom and Pauline had the trans­plants that will end both their lives.

“We’re still strug­gling to come to terms with los­ing my big brother. He’s left a huge hole in all our hearts.”

Tom Tyre­man in hos­pi­tal af­ter trans­plant op­er­a­tion

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