A man who fought advanced kidney failure got a new organ after meeting a donor on the golf course.
Mark Phillips, 56, visited his doctor for a check-up in 2017 when he became increasingly tired.
The police officer was diagnosed with stage five chronic kidney disease and said that only 10 percent of the organs were functioning.
Mr. Phillips, from Sidcup, Kent, started dialysis in January of that year when his kidney function dropped to just eight percent.
Three months later, his partner Irene Hearn, 60, broke the news to their friend and living donor Graham Sutherland, 70, when they met on the golf course.
Mr. Sutherland contacted Mr. Phillips the next day, with tests eventually revealing that they were a competition.
The couple went under the knife last October. Nine months later, Mr. Phillips claims that he has a & # 39; phenomenal change in his life & # 39; and he is looking forward to going back to work.
Graham Sutherland (left) donated his kidney to his friend Mark Phillips (right) when he was diagnosed with phase five chronic kidney disease. Mr. Phillips was in dialysis when his partner Irene Hearn bumped into Mr. Sutherland on the golf course and broke the news
Mr. Sutherland went under the knife in October at the Guy & # 39; s Hospital in London. Pictured for the procedure, he had presented himself as a living donor and was on the waiting list to give his organ to a stranger. He claims that he has a & # 39; good life & # 39; had and wanted to help someone in need
Mr. Phillips, who has been with the Metropolitan Police for 28 years, initially puts his tiredness down to normal aging.
He finally decided to have it checked and visited his doctor for a routine.
Tests showed that he had high blood pressure, which often occurs when kidney failure remains untreated.
Mr. Phillips was later diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, the BBC reported. This is caused by the IgA protein accumulating in the kidneys, causing inflammation and damaging the tissue of the organs.
& # 39; It was shocking to get the diagnosis, & # 39; said Mr. Phillips. & # 39; Hearing was life-changing. & # 39;
He started a debilitating dialysis routine three times a week, forcing him to cut off his hours with the police.
Three months later, Mrs. Hearn met Mr. Sutherland, who is a grandfather of six, during a chance meeting at a golf club.
& # 39; He played an event there, he wasn't even a member there & # 39 ;, said Mr. Phillips. & # 39; It was a great coincidence. & # 39;
Mr. Sutherland, who used to run a cleaning company, told Mrs. Hearn that he volunteered as a living donor and was on the list to give his kidney to a stranger.
& # 39; I couldn't believe it when Irene told me, & # 39; said Mr. Phillips. & # 39; At first I was too nervous to call him. & # 39;
The couple met at the Sene Valley Golf Club in Hythe, Kent, and had not kept much contact with each other.
& # 39; We were not very close, so it was difficult, & # 39; said Mr. Phillips. & # 39; It's a very difficult conversation to have with someone. & # 39;
Fortunately, it was Mr. Sutherland who contacted Mr. Phillips to offer his kidney.
& # 39; I wanted to donate my kidney because I could, & # 39; said Mr. Sutherland. & # 39; I had a good life.
& # 39; You can't do anything while dialysis, not a vacation or something like that. It changes your life so drastically, so I wanted to help.
& # 39; You can still continue after donating one kidney, if you are healthy. & # 39;
After tests showed that Mr. Sutherland was a match, the couple went under the knife at Guy & # 39; s Hospital in London. Although both are doing well, their recovery was difficult.
& # 39; If you come out of surgery because of the strong painkillers, you feel pretty good for the first day, & # 39; said Mr. Sutherland.
& # 39; But then you feel absolutely miserable. I thought I'd die for about 24 hours.
& # 39; I was in the hospital four days later. It's embarrassing, but I'm so happy I did it. & # 39;
Phillips thought he was just getting old when he came home more and more exhausted after a day in the police. He is pictured for the four-hour operation to receive Mr. Sutherland's kidney, which also took place at the Guy & Hospital in October. Both patients are doing well
After a cure to prevent his body from rejecting the donor organ, Phillips prepares for his work.
& # 39; How do you express what Graham did for me? & # 39; he said. & # 39; I have had a phenomenal change in my life thanks to him.
& # 39; It is the best transplant to get a kidney from a living donor. I am so grateful to Graham.
& # 39; It is completely overwhelming. Our band is now more than a friendship. & # 39;
Phillips speaks out to encourage people to attend routine appointments that monitor their health.
& # 39; I would definitely say that you should make sure that you check regularly, that cannot be entirely certain, & # 39; he said.
According to NHS data, around 6,000 people are on the waiting list for transplants in the UK. Last year, more than 400 people died pending the operation.
The average person waits between two and a half to three years for the operation.
Experts claim that kidneys from living donors last an average of three to five years longer than from a deceased donor.
& # 39; Many people on the waiting list only get a kidney through family members, & # 39; said Mr. Sutherland.
& # 39; We try to encourage people older than 65 that you can do it too.
& # 39; A living donor is like a Rolls Royce compared to a Ford Mondeo. It's much better. & # 39;
WHAT IS CHRONIC kidney disease AND HOW CAN YOU FAT IT?
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic renal failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function.
Our kidneys filter waste products and excess fluids from the blood before they are excreted via urine. They also help maintain blood pressure.
As CKD progresses, the kidneys do not work properly and dangerous amounts of waste build up in your body.
The risk of CKD increases as you get older. It is also more common among Asians and Blacks.
CKD usually causes no symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage. It can be detected early through blood and urine tests.
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Changes in how much you urinate
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Muscle vibrations and cramps
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Persistent itching
- Chest pain, as fluid accumulates around the inside of the heart
- Shortness of breath, when fluid accumulates in the lungs
- High blood pressure that is difficult to control
Those with the condition have a greater risk of stroke or heart attack. It can also cause kidney failure when patients require dialysis or a possible transplant.
However, lifestyle changes and medication can prevent the disease from getting worse if diagnosed at an early stage.
To reduce your risk:
- Follow the instructions for freely available medicines. Taking too many painkillers can lead to kidney damage
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Do not smoke. Cigarette smoking can cause kidney damage
Source: Mayo Clinic
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