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Burnley mum's thanks after kidney plea
5:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A MOTHER has expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the 100 people who came forward offering to donate a kidney to her son.
Nathan Barrett's kidneys are failing and he needs a transplant to save his life.
His mum Karin Hooper made an appeal in the Lancashire Telegraph for potential donors to come forward.
She said within three weeks, around 100 people from all over the country had been in touch saying they would like to help.
Karin said: “We got a really great response. To be honest, I was not expecting so many people to come forward.
“All those people rang the living donor clinic and put their names down.
“But Nathan has got to get well enough for the transplant first and there will be quite a few months of testing before the operation.”
Former Blessed Trinity RC High School pupil Nathan, now 21, is currently receiving four hours of dialysis treatment three times a week at the Royal Manchester Hospital.
He had his first transplant four years ago, when his mum, of Cleveland Road, plucked up the courage for the operation as a ‘live donor’.
The youngster was then able to sign up for a criminology and psychology degree at Burnley’s University of Central Lancashire campus and was making good progress until late last year.
But that organ is now failing and the race against time is now on to find another volunteer.
Karin, 51, said her son had been humbled by the well wishes and the amount of people signing up to be a donor for him.
She said: “Nathan was so grateful. He was overwhelmed. We have had phone calls and cards from people that we do not even know saying how touched they were by his story and that they would like to join the register.
“We know it is not going to happen over night, but it is very positive that we have had so much support.”
Karin said it was expected that there would now be around eight months of testing potential donors before the operation could take place.
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