From live donor transplant to half marathon success

24 Oct 2016

A former patient of The Royal London Hospital has gone from being unable to walk around a golf course to running a half marathon in just over a year.

Andrew with son Tristan before the race

Andrew was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), an inherited kidney disorder which is a leading cause of renal failure.

In June 2015 he underwent a live donor kidney transplant – of which only just over 1,000 were performed in the UK last year.

So, with the help of his best friend who donated the kidney and the fantastic staff at The Royal London Hospital Renal Unit, Andrew made a full recovery.

Andrew and his son Tristan, who also has PKD, decided to celebrate Andrew’s return to health by taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Through this amazing feat, Andrew and Tristan managed to raise over £1,000 for our Renal Disease and Transplant Research.

This follows the fundraising efforts of Andrew’s partner, Sally Watts, who completed a sponsored cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in September of last year.

The incredible contribution that this family has made will go towards furthering the critical transplant and renal research that seeks to help more patients like Andrew – we’d like to say a huge thank you to them all.

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