THIS summer, Ross Saunders will travel to Australia with his new wife – spending eight weeks honeymooning on the other side of the world.
And while Mr Saunders is nervous about the trip, this is not just pre-wedding jitters.
The holiday marks the longest time the 32-year-old, of Ulverston, has ever been able to leave the British medical system.
Mr Saunders, who marries fiancee, May Davies, in July, had a kidney transplant in August 2000, after suffering kidney failure aged 19.
He said: “I never would have been able to do anything like this before the transplant. I couldn’t even have got through the flight time without needing medical care.”
Mr Saunders’ life has changed completely since he received a new kidney from a man who died in an car accident on the south coast.
He has been running his own business, Ulverston’s Ristorante Rossini, since September 2006, and says he loves life as his own boss.
It is a far cry from the man who spent 15 months having dialysis every other day.
Mr Saunders’ experience has left him with “strong opinions” on the way people in the UK donate their organs. At the moment, people must choose to join the organ donation register.
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Photo: JOYFUL MUM: Lucy Mulroy with son, Harry Johnson, aged two, Miss Mulroy, from Barrow, received a kidney transplant from her sister HARRY ATKINSON