Family thanks living donor after 11-year-old boy’s kidney transplant

Reese Sinclair
Reese Sinclair

A mother thanked an anonymous living kidney donor for changing her son’s life after a successful transplant operation.

Reece Sinclair, 11, from Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, underwent surgery last month after years of dialysis and is recovering well.

It was the 300th successful kidney transplant operation at Glasgow Children’s Hospital since the program began in 1977.

Reese’s family thanks the Royal Children’s Hospital (RHC) and the donors for changing his life.

His mother Mary said: they are really great.

Reese Sinclair
Reece was treated at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Glasgow (handout/PA)

“I also want to thank the person who decided to donate the kidney. I can’t begin to describe how much impact this has had on Reese’s life. I can’t thank you enough for this.”

“When Reese was born, he didn’t have properly formed kidneys. One was too big and the other was too small. He also develops urinary infections and kidney scarring.” I was having bladder problems.

“We monitored his condition over the years, and the situation was leveled by diet and medication that lasted for several years, as well as surgery.

“In recent years he’s been on dialysis, some of it three days a week in the ward. It was a scary time, but in January of this year he received a new kidney from a living donor.”

She urged people to donate organs if possible.

she said: That’s amazing, I didn’t expect to recover so quickly. The day after surgery he looked so different.

Reese Sinclair and family
Reese and his family thank the hospital and his kidney donor (handout/PA)

“He’s been on a restricted diet since he was three years old, so it’s great that he can eat what other people are eating. Small things make a big difference.”

The hospital’s transplant program was located in York Hill, on the western edge of the city, before moving to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus in 2015.

Reece’s surgery was also the first National Kidney Sharing Scheme transplant at RHC.

The program aims to increase the number of people who can receive transplants from living donors and increase the chances of transplants for those waiting longer for kidneys.

Ben Reynolds, M.D., pediatric nephrologist at RHC, said: Glasgow here.

“I’ve known Reese for many years now and it’s been amazing to see how he’s changed since the transplant. We’re all happy to see him doing so well. increase.”

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