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UK Organ Donor Register

I'm not going to bore you too much with my illness just to say I had a liver transplant in 1995 following many years of ill health. Every few months I attend the liver outpatients department at Kings College Hospital London .Although I had many misgivings about having the transplant in the end it was not so bad as I imagined. The operation took nearly 9 hours because I also had to have some work done on my arm at the same time due to a  

previous blood clot. Afterwards I was placed in the ICU & was breathing unaided within a day. The drugs they gave me took away any pain & they even sat me out in a chair after a few days. I stayed in the ICU for 5 days before moving onto the main ward. Slowly I began to walk up the ward & through the corridors. On the 8th day after the transplant I suffered some rejection, but this was soon corrected by a transfusion of steroid drugs. I was only at the hospital for a couple of weeks before moving to a halfway house nearby. This is a special house that accommodates relatives of sick patients. Also patients on the mend who live to far away from the Hospital. In all I stayed in London for a month before returning home too the Isle of Wight. Just seeing the sea again was a real pleasure. The main thing I noticed was not feeling so ill & tired anymore. I had to be careful to avoid any bugs or germs as my Immune system was still very low. Since then I have enjoyed much better health. Everyday I have to take a mixture of immunosuppressive drugs including Cyclosporin. This has become a routine which I am now very use to. Although some days I feel tired I am 500% better than I was before. To anyone who faces a transplant all I can say is it's not as bad as you think it is going to be I know I've been there.

The Organ Transplant Association has a Message Board for transplant recipients & families to ask questions. To post a Message or to search the messages already there go to the following link Transplant Message Board.


Finally here's some links to organ donor sites.

British Organ Donor Society

Children's Liver Disease Organization

National Kidney Federation

British Transplantation Society

The UK Transplant

British Liver Trust


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