Your stories – Gillian & Lewis Watt

29th July 2019

Live donor, Gillian Watt shares her story with us:

On the 2nd Oct 2018 I donated my left kidney to my son Lewis just before he would have required dialysis treatment. Lewis’ kidney function was at 9% after 10 years of chronic kidney disease. Donating a kidney was a life altering experience and the reward of seeing my son able to live a healthy life is amazing.

We both recovered well after the transplant receiving great support from Addenbrookes Hospital transplant team and family. I often get asked questions about donating a kidney. I was very nervous of the surgery and as a fitness addict I wasn’t sure how I would cope with taking it easy! I cannot praise the whole transplant team for their support with all my worries. The reality is that you only need one kidney to survive and resume a full and active lifestyle, so think about sharing your spare!

Two months after the transplant we both got into swimming as a great sport to help recovery. For Lewis Transplant Sport has given him an opportunity not just to swim for team GB in the World Transplant Games in NewcastleGateshead, but to live life to the full in the spirit of sport and friendship with other team members. 

Please sign the NHS Organ Donor register, but most importantly discuss your donation wishes with your family, maybe even share your spare”!

Gillian and Lewis both swam at the British Transplant Games 2019 in Newport. Lewis achieved 4 personal bests and his medal haul included 3 silvers, 2 bronze.  We look forward to seeing him in action in NewcastleGateshead.