Saturday, February 11, 2012

'I donated a kidney... I now know what my patients go through': The remarkable story of a top transplant expert

The Daily Mail, UK | Bonnie Estridge

Recovering in his hospital bed having just undergone surgery to donate one of his kidneys, Dr John Scoble confessed to feeling ‘a little sore’. As a consultant nephrologist and transplant expert at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, he had advised patients on the exact same procedure for decades.

But two years ago, by an extraordinary twist of fate, John discovered just how it felt to be a patient when he became a donor to his 66-year-old cousin, Derek Scoble.

John says: ‘Intellectually, I knew what would happen, but emotionally the experience changed my perspective completely. Becoming a donor was an amalgam of all the things I had heard from my patients. I now know the hope, the fear, the disappointment when there are setbacks, as there were in our case – and the ultimate joy that comes when the transplant is a success.’

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