‘I want to watch my daughter grow up’, says Sheffield donor appeal dad - VIDEO

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YOUNG dad Craig Boden is one of 205 people in South Yorkshire waiting for an organ transplant - and one of 205 people waiting to start living again.

“Three people die every day in this country waiting for a transplant - I don’t want to be one of them,” said the 30-year-old car mechanic from Owlthorpe, Sheffield.

Waiting game: Craig Boden, 30, may have to hold on two years for a new liver because of his rare blood group.          PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.

Waiting game: Craig Boden, 30, may have to hold on two years for a new liver because of his rare blood group. PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.

Craig has so much to live for. He is desperate to be around to watch his two-year-old daughter Lily grow up.

And he wants to marry his fiancée Rachel Draper, 28.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Craig’s video appeal.

“The wedding is on hold for now,” he said.

“It’s waiting in the wings.”

They are everyday, normal wishes, but for Craig to fulfil them he needs a new liver.

Last year he was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis - a rare condition which causes inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts in his liver.

Previously fit and healthy, Craig was diagnosed after his eyes and skin started going yellow last July.

“My world crumbled,” he said. “It was such a shock.”

Craig was put on the liver transplant list in May but, because he has a rare blood group, doctors say he could have to wait up to two years for a matching donor.

He said: “I might only live another year or two - my liver might fail - so it is really life and death.

“My liver is working at 40 per cent and you need at least 30 per cent to survive.”

Because of Craig’s rare blood group, doctors have started testing his brother Scott, 22, and sister Pamela, 25, to see if there is the possibility of a live transplant - a revolutionary solution which would see them donate part of their liver.

“We’re in the early stages of testing,” said Scott.

To mark National Transplant Week, doctors are urging people to sign up to the national organ donor register, and also to tell relatives of their wishes.

* To join the register call 0300 1232323 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk

* Tomorrow: the tragic woman whose death saved the lives of five people.

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