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Health professional gives kidney to stranger

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A health professional has given the gift of life to a complete stranger by anonymously donating one of her kidneys to them.

Teresa Dobson said the altruistic act was something she had been thinking about doing for several years , and decided to go ahead with it earlier this year.

The 57-year-old went under the knife earlier this month, and both she and the recipient of the kidney are doing well.

Mrs Dobson, who sits on the board of the county’s health watchdog, Healthwatch Northamptonshire, will never learn the identity of the person she has helped, but she will be told about their progress.

The recipient will also never find out where their new kidney came from.

Mrs Dobson, who lives in Broughton, said: “I am feeling a bit sore and washed out, but that was to be expected.

“But once I have recovered, there shouldn’t be any lasting effect on my health. I can live perfectly well with one kidney.”

Speaking about the reasons for the donation, she said: “I have two kidneys, and for the sake of a bit of inconvenience and discomfort, I can give someone else their life back. I’m not extraordinary. People do things for others all the time and this is just another way of doing that.

“It was something I had heard about three or four years ago. I thought it was something I could do, but at that time I was a family carer and it was not practical.

“You go through a triage of medical and physical tests, looking at your overall health, and also psychological tests. They need to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.”

Mrs Dobson, who has three children and six grandchildren, added: “My family are very supportive, but I think they have struggled to understand why I have done it.”

Due to Mrs Dobson’s generosity, a second person has also received a new kidney.

The recipient of her kidney had a donor lined up, but they were not a match, so that person has donated their kidney to someone else instead.

Anyone interested in following in Mrs Dobson’s footsteps would need to contact their nearest transplant hospital and speak to a living donor co-ordinator.

Hospitals which carry out transplants include Leicester General Hospital, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

 

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