Kidney-donation pals celebrate transplant op success

Helen Crowther and Andy Clewes are both recovering well after the procedure two months ago
A man who was given a kidney by his best friend says he feels "100% better" and is considering a charity skydive.

Andy Clewes had the transplant in Manchester after his friend Helen Crowther agreed to become a donor.

The 46-year-old suffered chronic kidney disease since birth and was on the verge of needing dialysis treatment.

Mr Clewes and Ms Crowther, 45, are now planning "a curry and a few beers" to celebrate the successful procedure, which was carried out in January.

"I've just got so much more energy now," Mr Clewes, a radio DJ from Crewe, Cheshire, said.

"There was a time when I could sleep 23-hour days, but now I struggle to get myself off to bed.

"It's hard to describe how it feels. Every now and then you remember how lucky you are to have your mate's kidney." Continue reading

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