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Father donates kidney to save sick son
THE father of five-year-old Max Price has made a huge sacrifice for his son by donating one of his kidneys.
It was the Weymouth youngster’s second kidney transplant after his first donor organ failed and had to be removed in January last year.
Both Max, who was born with chronic renal failure, and his selfless dad Shaun went into theatre this week.
Mum Michelle told the Echo that both operations had gone well and they were ‘hopeful’ that the transplant would be a success.
She said: “Max is doing okay but he’s been in a lot of pain.
“Doctors have told us the kidney, which Max has called ‘Sam’, is ‘sleeping and stunned’ but we are hopeful it will wake up soon.
“Max’s blood results are encouraging and his native kidneys, which work at about three per cent, are holding out and managing to keep him stable.
“The fact that his body has not rejected the new kidney is a good sign but the doctors think he might have a collapsed lung.”
She added: “The surgeons and nephrology team are happy with the situation and it’s just a waiting game now.”
Little Max’s situation is far from straightforward because it is a non-compatible donation.
Michelle added: “Max is only the sixth child in the UK to undergo this procedure.
“We decided to go ahead with the incompatible transplant bec-ause it’s the best chance for Max.
“He has developed too many antibodies due to lots of infections and this means it is now too hard to find a match.
“While his dad’s kidney is not compatible, it is the nearest match we could find and I am not a match at all now.”
Max’s devoted parents told the Echo in July that of the five children to undergo this procedure before, only three have survived.
Brave dad Shaun, who has already been discharged, underwent surgery at Guy’s Hospital in London while little Max is being treated at Evelina Children’s Hospital nearby.
Max was taken back into theatre within 24-hours of the transplant for surgeons to try and see why the kidney was ‘sleeping’.
His progress will be monitored across the next week.
His mum added: “The doctors have told us that this happens with kidney transplants sometimes but more often from a deceased transplant.
“It is a really anxious time but we are hopeful.”
Before the operation, Max and his parents travelled to South-ampton General Hospital three times a week for dialysis.
They have been visiting London for intense transplant talks throughout the last few months.
Doctors told Max’s family that there is a high chance of success and that after recovery Max would be able to lead a normal life.
Max’s family paid thanks to the nurses, surgeons and doctors in London for all their hard work and support.
Michelle added: “It has been really overwhelming how much support we have had from the team here and from loved ones at home.
“I want to say thank you to all of them, it means so much.”
Before the operation dad Shaun said: “It’s our last hope for Max to have a successful transplant and we are all feeling positive.
“I’m nervous and scared but it feels right the kidney is coming from me.”
Max, who attends Beechcroft St Paul’s Primary School when he is well enough, lives in Weymouth with his siblings Kacey, nine, Jack, aged 13 and 16-year-old Chloe.
The youngster was joined in theatre by his beloved ‘Soldier Bear’ and his dad’s lucky stone.
Messages of support
FAMILY, friends and loved-ones took to Facebook to wish little Max the best of luck following the operation.
Lisa Mayo posted: “Hope Max is feeling better and on the mend today and that the kidney is going to wake up.
“Wishing you all the magic.”
Haley Smith added: “I don’t think there are any words to describe what his daddy has done for his little boy.
“You are all so brave for daddy to do what he’s done and for mummy to battle on and be strong for you all.
“Give Max a huge hug and kiss from us please.”
Sharon Arnold posted: “Well done Shaun, just goes to prove there is nothing he wouldn’t do for his kids.
“A true man and a dedicated daddy.”
Sarah ‘Tink’ Jarvis said: “Wakey, wakey Mr Kidney.
“Sending much love and positivity, best wishes and hugs. In my thoughts and prayers for a good day.”
Sarah Walsh-Faver also sent her best wishes to the family.
She added: “Wishing my friend Shaun and his little boy Max a very speedy recovery.
“An inspirational father and son, makes you truly appreciate what you’ve got.”
Strain on family
THE strain on Maxe’s family has been made easier over the years thanks to Echo readers and the Weymouth community.
Many events have been successfully held to raise funds to help parents Michelle and Shaun with their travel costs to get Max to Southampton General Hospital three times a week.
His mum Michelle said the family are ‘overwhelmed’ with all the support they have received.
Evelina Children's Hospital EVELINA Children’s Hospital is a specialist NHS hospital in London and is administratively a part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ host one of the largest blood group incompatible transplantation programmes in the UK, having transplanted over 70 blood group-incompatible living donor recipients over the last five years.
Success rates are more than 95 per cent.
A specialist team dealing with these transplants has now expanded to carry out blood group incompatible transplantation in children – including Weymouth’s Max.
You can save lives
TRANSPLANTS are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine.
But they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families.
According to the NHS, one donor can save the life of several people, restore the sight of two others and improve the quality of life of many more.
The more people who pledge to donate after their death, the more people stand to benefit.
Joining the register records agreement to the use of organs and tissue for transplantation after your death.
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