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SAVE HIM: Burnley mum's desperate plea to save her son's life
A MUM has made a desperate plea to save her son’s life.
Nathan Barrett, 21, had a transplant four years ago when his mum Karin Hooper donated one of her kidneys.
But that organ is now failing, leaving former Blessed Trinity pupil Nathan with a race against time to find a donor.
Karin, 51, is now leading the appeal for help for Nathan, who had emergency dialysis treatment at the Royal Manchester Infirmary on Friday.
She said: “I can’t do anything now but I’m determined to find him another.”
He will now need four hours of treatment, three times a week while a match is found.
Nathan has already defied doctors’ expectations, becoming a father for the first time with his partner Dionne Button last October.
And now he wants to ensure he can watch Corby and his half-brother, Keaton, four, grow up.
Karin, who gave up her part-time job in a bookmakers' to care for Nathan, who lives in Rosehill, said: "He's doing an amazing job of coping. I don't know where he gets his strength from. He has this amazing positive outlook.
"Nathan started to suffer from kidney problems around six years ago. It came on really suddenly and from being admitted into hospital, he suffered renal failure three days later.”
His recovery saw Nathan undergo constant dialysis in Manchester but he went back to school for his exams and held down a part-time job.
In early 2009, it was decided he needed a transplant and Karin, of Cleveland Road, plucked up the courage for the operation as a ‘live donor’.
Nathan was then able to sign up for a criminology and psychology degree at Burnley’s UCLan campus and was making good progress until late last year.
Karin said: “Last October he started to feel a bit groggy and his toxin levels started to give cause for concern, so for the last few months he has been in and out of hospital.
“He had to undergo biopsies and he has now been told that my kidney is failing so he will need another transplant."
One of his brothers, his aunt and cousin have all offered to be tested as potential matches.
Nathan, who has older brothers Daniel and Stephen and a younger sibling, Jozeph could face living in limbo for between two and four years, while he is on the transplant waiting list, and Karin is urging more people in Burnley to sign up and give him a fighting chance.
She said: “I don’t feel any different after donating one of my kidneys and it would mean so much to Nathan and his young family if more donors could come forward."
A summer drive for organ donors in Lancashire saw more than 3,000 people sign the register, taking the total figure to more than 431,600.
To find out more about becoming a donor, call Karin on 01282 454902 or go online to http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ for more general information about transplant procedures.
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