Plight of young dad who needs a kidney

YOUNG father Daniel Wright would dearly love to be able to play with his five-year-old son just like any other dad.But the 24-year-old cannot play football or go cycling with his little boy, Callum, until he has a life-transforming kidney transplant.

A 24-YEAR-OLD father is today waiting to marry his fiancé and play with his young son because he needs a new kidney.

Daniel Wright cannot play football or go cycling with his little boy, Callum, 5, until he has a life-transforming kidney transplant and has even had to postpone his wedding dreams and the chance to have any more children with his 22-year-old girlfriend Rebecca Rudland.

Mr Wright, from Ipswich, is in constant pain while he waits for a transplant and has renal failure which he believes is now chronic.

He has to undergo dialysis at the town's hospital three times a week after his home treatment stopped working, and is unable to work or lead a normal life.

Mr Wright had his first transplant aged just four after a throat infection was the beginning of a process that led to his kidneys becoming diseased. His new kidney only lasted a couple of hours before his body rejected it, and a second kidney he was given when he was 13 lasted until his 18th birthday before problems set in.

Since then he has continued to have problems and is hoping he can receive a third organ to allow him to lead a normal life again.

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He said: “I can feel myself going downhill, I feel sometimes that I do not have long left. If I got a new kidney I could do things with my boy, my life would be so much better. I have been waiting six years, which is ridiculous, there has to be a kidney out there somewhere.”

Mr Wright added: “The hospital have done everything they can to help. I am not criticising them, but it is just so frustrating.”

A spokeswoman for Ipswich Hospital said all hospitals worked very closely with the NHS-run UK Transplant service.

“There has to be a match for donor organs, it's very complex, you need to have the very best match you can,” she added.

The UK Transplant service said there was a desperate short of donors for all organs, and more than 400 people die every year waiting for a transplant. A spokesman for the service said kidney transplants made up the majority of all transplant operations.

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