|Carole and Maria both found matches on the scheme, Carole from another partnership and Maria from a solo donor. Both recovered on the Renal Ward just a few rooms apart.
Maria explained her gratitude to Carole and to her donor.
“I will never have the words to thank Carole enough. She has given me a miracle. Right from the start she said that she would donate to me and that, if she didn’t match, she would join the sharing scheme. It is an unbelievable gift. I also thank the altruistic donor of my kidney. Without their kindness and the scheme, we also wouldn’t be here,” said Maria.
Carole explained how easy the process has been.
“We started this process just nine months ago and it has flown in. We cannot describe the level of care and kindness that we have had from the transplant and nursing teams from start to finish. Both of us would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has cared for us on our journey and to the full Renal Ward team. They have been incredibly busy and yet gone above and beyond for us,” said Carole.
Susan Easson, Senior Charge Nurse, Renal Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde echoes this.
“It has been a remarkable week for transplants on our ward, and what is more rewarding is that the transplants have taken place during Organ and Tissue Donation Week. The nature of transplanting is that the timing is incredibly unpredictable. Like most areas of surgery, a high degree of agility and hard work is required to perform these surgeries and to manage the recovery. I join these patients in extending my thanks to the teams involved,” she said.