A JMW clinical negligence client, who developed cancer from a kidney he received as a transplant, is urging people to give organ donation registration as a present this Christmas.
Rob Law, 59, feels that despite having to go through chemotherapy after being given a kidney from a woman who had a rare form of blood cancer, he still believes in the system. Mr Law received the organ at Royal Liverpool Hospital on 26 November 2010, as he was suffering from kidney failure.
I am currently representing Mr Law, who is from New Ferry, Wirral, in a medical negligence (link to page) legal battle with the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust and NHS Blood and Transplant. Mr Law is seeking answers on how a cancerous kidney was able to slip through the net and be used in a transplant. However, he tells me that he still feels grateful for the kidney he received.
This is what Mr Law has to say on the issue:
"Twelve months ago I received an early Christmas present in the form of a new kidney. Even though it came with cancer, I will feel eternally grateful for the strength that the donor and her family showed in giving the gift of life.
"A donor card is an amazing present to give someone if you are struggling for ideas. There are thousands of people on the transplant list, and thousands more die each year waiting for donated organs to become available.”
Mr Law has shown an immense amount of dignity and courage throughout his ordeal. For him to now give his backing to the organ donation scheme, despite it causing him further health problems is highly commendable.