Washington dad becomes one of first in UK to undergo pioneering transplant surgery

CHRONICLE UK | Craig Thompson

A dad from Washington has become one of the first in the UK to receive a life-saving transplant via a pioneering new method.

Brian Richards is today living his life to the full just weeks after undergoing surgery at the Institute of Transplantation, at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

Brian, 61, was the first patient in the North East to receive an organ via the technique which takes donor kidneys, previously deemed unsuitable for transplant, and assessing whether they can work properly on a specialist perfusion machine outside the body.

It is hoped the new method will increase the number of transplants using organs which, traditionally, were not considered suitable.

Dad-of-two Brian was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease three years ago, an inherited condition in which fluid-filled cysts develop in the kidneys leading to serious organ damage. Continue reading
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