Central Somerset Gazette
An iPhone app, a KFC and his love for his 19-month-old daughter helped bring a Glastonbury musician back from the edge of death.
Sam Boughen, 26, went through two liver transplants in three months after being diagnosed with liver disease as the result of a genetic disorder.
His father, Martin Boughen, 53, donated 60 per cent of his liver in January to save his son's life but two days after he was discharged from hospital, Sam began to feel unwell.
He was taken to Yeovil Hospital and then transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where much of his post-surgery care had been carried out.
When his symptoms worsened, he was rushed back to Kings College Hospital in London.
"We were told they thought there had been a clot," said Martin.
"It turned out that an artery had been blocked and at that point we knew it was serious."
The blocked artery meant that Sam's new liver was not getting enough blood.
Shortly afterwards, the family's worse fears were confirmed – Sam's new liver had failed.
"Within hours, I was classed as critically ill," said Sam. "Twenty-four hours after that, I was on life support."
Sam went back onto the transplant list, and his family were told to prepare themselves for the worst.
In the early hours of April 15, a new liver was found from a donor. His exhausted body endured a nine-hour operation.
Shortly afterwards, doctors discovered Sam had an e. coli infection, as well as a life-threatening lung infection.
Doctors were forced to play a balancing game with his medication as the drugs that could treat the lung infection put his new liver at risk.
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