A YOUNG man has been given a new lease of life through his third transplant operation after suffering kidney failure since he was a baby.
Ben Moore was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure when he was just three months old.
He had to endure dialysis three times a week to clean his blood - performing the job healthy kidneys carry out - and had already undergone two previous transplant operations.
Now he has undergone another life-changing procedure and is confident that this time the results will be more effective.
Ben, from North Anston, said: “I already feel much better after my transplant and can tell this is going to be a ‘good one’.
“I already have a lot more energy, and it’s a relief to be free from dialysis.
“I am now looking forward to going on a cruise to celebrate with my girlfriend as holidays are very difficult to plan when you are on dialysis because you have to arrange to have your treatment wherever you are going well in advance.
“It’s very exciting!”
The operation has also encouraged Ben to take up a career in renal nursing - inspired by a desire to ‘give something back’ for the treatment he has received. “The care I received at the Northern General Hospital has inspired me to start a career in nursing,” he said.
“I’d really love to be a dialysis technician or a support worker on a renal unit.
“My experiences would really help me to support patients so it would be fantastic.”
Ben is sharing his story as Sheffield Teaching Hospitals continues its campaign to boost the number of people on the organ donor register with the launch of a new poster appeal.
The bills contain the trust’s mission statement to “enhance and save the lives of those in need” and to “ensure a quality service to patients who wish to donate in the event of their death”.
Andrew Davidson, clinical donation champion at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted to hear of such an improvement organ donation has made to a young life.
“We are continuing in our campaign to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and signing up to the donor register which will hopefully lead to more people, like Ben getting a better quality of life.”
Visit www.uktransplant.org.uk, call 0300 123 23 23 or text SAVE to 84118.