A NURSE has told of her husband’s search for a matching organ donor and appealed to people to become donors to help anyone in need.
Adrian, who has been a diabetic since the age of 14, suffered kidney failure three years ago and has needed a kidney and pancreas transplant ever since.
Tracy, who works in the day case unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, has made herself available as part of a ‘kidney swap’ where she would exchange one her kidneys with another donor pair to help her husband get a match. This has been after an unsuccessful 18 month search for a matching organ donor.
Tracy said: “The last few months have been very hard.
“My husband is on dialysis and is just waiting for a match to be found.
“We are just waiting to get a phone call from the Freeman Hospital that we have a match. We have a bag packed at all times so that we are ready to go. We are never more than a one-hour drive away.
“I am ready to be part of a donor pool – the best scenario would be for Adrian to be offered a matching donor so that only one of us is unwell after surgery and I am there to care for him afterwards.
“The last few months have been really difficult. We need a donor to be found and for the operation to be a complete success.
“My message to anyone would be to discuss organ donation with your partner and family. It can save lives.”
Clare Fletcher, specialist nurse for organ donation, said: “I’d like to thank Tracy and Adrian for sharing their story. Experiences like this help raise awareness and mean more people talk about organ donation.
“We all need to talk more about organ donation. If we want to be a donor, then we need to have that discussion with our partner or families to make them aware of this. By doing this we can all help save so many lives needlessly lost.
“Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. We can change things, though we need your support to get people talking.”