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Volunteer's marvellous act of kindness

Published: 10 October 2016 Tags: kindness, donation, volunteer By John Walding

For many, giving up your time to volunteer for the LGBT Foundation would be a great thing to do. But Ian Dyer, one of our long-standing helpers, has decided to show how the LGBT community can help to transform the lives of people by making the wonderful gesture of donating a kidney.

Ian, who has been on the Organ Donor Register for some time, was inspired after reading an article in a national newspaper about a 70-year-old deciding to donate one of his kidneys to one of the many people who desperately require a kidney transplant. This prompted him to explore how he might be able to give someone a better quality of life without dialysis and make the first steps in enquiring about becoming a live altruistic donor.

“I saw my GP who was in agreement to me proceeding, and then had a preliminary discussion with the Live Donor Team at Salford Royal. They gave me full information including the pros and cons and I decided to proceed. Since then, I have gone through various medical and psychological tests. These tests included blood, tissue, STIs, kidney function, scans etc. Also, I saw the Independent Assessor from the Human Tissue Authority who gave the legal go ahead.”

With the operation now scheduled for November, Ian hopes that this will send out a positive message that the LGBT Community are caring and unselfish. Our thoughts will be with Ian and wish him a speedy recovery.