MUM’S sacrifice saved my life and now we’re closer than ever, says a son who received a kidney donation from his mother.
Ryan Coffey was just 21 and studying computing at university when he began to experience tiredness, cramps and flu-like symptoms.
Putting it down to uni life, Ryan was stunned to be told by doctors in May 2008 that his kidneys were working at just eight per cent, meaning he had to go on immediate dialysis.
“I was in shock, and definitely scared,” said Ryan.
Mum Rosemary, from Kedleston Road, said; “It was a complete bolt from the blue. There was no history of anything like it in the family.”
After being told that Ryan would need a transplant, all the Coffey family volunteered but only his mum was a suitable match and on February 13, 2009, both mother and son went under the knife.
“I was very nervous,” admitted Rosemary, aged 54. “The risk was death. I was going down, a healthy woman, to have major surgery I didn’t need and knew I was going to come out of there not so well.
“But there was never another option. It was my son, what else do you do?
“On the national waiting list, he could have been waiting a couple of years. I wanted to see him off the dialysis, getting his old life back.
“I think most people would have done the same in my situation.”
Ryan said he had never doubted his generous mum would step forward.
“I wasn’t really surprised. I would have done the same for my mum.”
Now 24, he said the experience had made him more appreciative of life, and particularly his mum, who he now has a special relationship with.
“We’ve definitely become closer since the operation,” Ryan added. “A part of her body is inside mine, how could we not.
“And whenever mum needs me, I’m always there to support her. I’m so grateful to her.”
National Transplant Week, 9-15 July, aims to raise awareness of over 7,500 people waiting for an organ transplant in the UK and urges everyone to join the Organ Donation Register.