Receiving a Kidney


Five people describe how their lives have been transformed by receiving a kidney transplant.

James and Boh monitor their fitness during the transplant process

James and Boh are monitoring their fitness and publishing reports on their blog: www.ourkidney.com

Paul Hinkins received a kidney in 2009

Paul Hinkins received a kidney in 2009, through the paired/pooled kidney transplant scheme, which was made possible when the law changed under the Human Tissue Act in 2006. Sometimes someone waiting for a kidney will know someone who is willing to donate one, but incompatibility in blood group or tissue type will mean that ...

Keith Parsons received a kidney in 2009

Keith Parsons, 52, from Plymouth received a kidney from an altruistic kidney donor in  2009. Here he describes what a difference it made to his life. “I’ll never forget the first time I ate  liver and onions after my transplant. Nothing has ever tasted as good.” It was  one of Keith’s favourite meals and ...

Chris Boustead received a kidney in 2011

Chris  Boustead, aged 41, from Sussex, received a kidney from an altruistic donor in  2011, after waiting more than three years. “My transplant operation gave me back the  joy of life. I had got used to life on dialysis and thought I was getting on  all right. I was surrounded by people in the ...

Jim Fatah has had two kidney transplants

Jim Fatah, age 60, from Surrey, has had two transplants because of Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP), an inflammation of the blood vessels which damages the kidneys. His first lasted just under a year, but the second one has lasted more than 11 years and is still going strong. “Having a kidney transplant was better ...