A Sheffield man who had to wait 13 years for a kidney transplant today paid an emotional tribute to the organ donor who saved his life.
Douglas Goss, from Hillsborough, suffered years of serious ill-health before he finally got the kidney he desperately needed after the death of a young motorcyclist.
Douglas, aged 51, said the motorbike rider was on the organ donor register – meaning he saved two lives, his and another man who was given the other kidney.
He said following his operation he contacted the family of the man who died to thank them.
“I did write to the family through NHS Blood and Transplant to say how much I appreciated it because although they had lost a son, he had allowed two people to have the gift of life and it was amazing.
“I still think of him. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here.”
Douglas spoke today as new figures revealed 37 people in South Yorkshire have died since April 2011 while waiting for a transplant.
NHS Blood and Transplant said 158 people in South Yorkshire are currently waiting for a transplant, with 57 of them on the waiting list for longer than two years.
And 15 people in the county have been waiting longer than five years.
The figures have been released by the NHS as part of a national campaign to encourage more organ donors to come forward.