If four swimming changed dramatically after she received a kidney transplant recruiting other donors. Kirstin Harold was diagnosed with renal kidney failure 0 aged 16, all before receiving a donation – a kidney transplant two decades ago on January 1, 1990. She went with her friends received the alarm when a kidney is available for change.
That transplant was a success and that summer she also met her husband, Pete. She would give him four children.
23 years after surgery changed her life, Mrs. Harold backing and helping to recruit other donors contributing Association. For 40% of applicants were registered, the highest percentage in the UK. Public Health Minister Michael Matteson recommended for those who have not yet registered to do so to contribute to their New Year’s resolutions.
Ms. Herold, Portobello, told how the transplant “a family changed my life and gave me the opportunity to start a family of my own.” She said: “If I was still in dialysis, I could not stand four pregnancies or be in a state of four children. Transplant that gave me the option to make decisions that others take for granted in life. Like working full time and raising children. We are a family very active and my children do not they conducted their way of life if I was not capable of it in terms of my kidney function. who joins as a contributor to the association not only gives to others, but also earning himself. This circuit. I am grateful for the opportunity to manage their lives properly. Always will be. ”
Ms. Herold, mother to Peter, 13, Matthew, 8 years old twin girls aged 5 Chris Gracie, recalls how she felt when diagnosed with kidney and that its performance was not good. She was tired and not feeling well, suffered from headaches and fainting. “I was in and out of hospitals, and at age 16 my weight was not right and I was very ill. After the blood test was taken immediately to the hospital.” Then many drugs were administered before the series started dialysis at the age of 18 and was in hospital spends about 3 times a week. “Dialysis patient was relatively okay, but compared to the 18-year-old girl was very sick.” While waiting for their turn to Mr. Harold entered the list of donors. Donor was found on December 31, 1989. “Everything went well with my transplant and rehabilitation. It was amazing. I did not realize how sick I was before I had the transplant.” In July 1990 she met her partner and when the relationship has evolved, they began to consider creating a family.
“Bringing a child was not an easy decision,” says Ms. Herold. “While my body was in good condition late twenties, however, and in light of the drugs I had taken my body due to the pressure of pregnancy -hdbr will require thought. Being a mother and being able to do all the things a mother should, as breastfeeding It was amazing.” “About 600 people in Scotland those in need,” says Ms. Mthason: “I do not think there’s a good New Year’s resolution than to contribute to the Society for Organ Transplantation. I know this is a time of spending time with family, but people need to think about them Scots waiting donation and want to spend another Christmas present next year with their families. For them the best gift for the New Year will be joining the people as contributors to society. ”
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A-MOTHER-OF-FOUR whose life was transformed by a kidney transplant on New Year’s Day has backed a call for more Scots to become organ donors. KIRSTEN HARROLD was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 16 before being given a new kidney more than two decades ago on January 1 1990. She had been out celebrating Hogmanay with friends when she got the call to say a suitable kidney had become available.
The transplant was a success and that summer she met her partner Pete, with the couple going on to have four children.
Twenty-three years after the operation that changed her life, Ms Harrold is backing a call for more people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Already 40% of Scots have signed up, the highest proportion in the UK. Public Health Minister Michael Matheson urged those not on the register to consider making it their New Year’s resolution.
Ms Harrold, from Portobello, told how the transplant “changed the lives of my family and gave me the chance to have a family of my own”. She said: “If I’d still been on dialysis, I wouldn’t have been able to sustain four pregnancies or be fit and well to raise small children. “My transplant allowed me to make decisions and choices that everyone else takes for granted, such as working full-time and having kids. “We’re a really active family and my kids wouldn’t be leading the full lives they have if it wasn’t for my transplant and my excellent kidney function. “It’s not just the recipient that benefits from the NHS Organ Donor Register, it’s everyone around them which is why it’s so important that people
sign up to help those waiting. I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to have this life and my family. I always will be.”
Ms Harrold, mother to Peter, 13, Matthew, eight and five-year-old twin girls Charis and Gracie, recalled how before being diagnosed with kidney failure she felt tired and unwell, suffered from headaches and had been fainting. “I’d been back and forward to the GP but by the time I reached 16, I weighed around five stone and was really ill,” she said. “After having bloods taken, I was admitted to hospital immediately. “After being diagnosed with kidney failure she was put on medication, before having to start regular dialysis sessions at about the age of 18, which involved her going to hospital three times a week. “As a dialysis patient I was quite well but compared to any normal 18-year-old, I was really pretty ill.” At the same time as she was put on dialysis, Ms Harrold was also assessed to go on the transplant list. The call to say a suitable kidney had been found came on December 31 1989. “Everything went really well with the transplant and my recovery. It was amazing. I didn’t know how ill I was until I felt better,” she said. In July 1990 she met her partner and as their relationship developed, the couple considered the possibility of a family.
“Having a child wasn’t a decision we took lightly,” Ms Harrold said. “By my late twenties my transplant was well established and there were no problems but obviously due to the medication I was on and the pressure a pregnancy would put on my body, it takes a bit of thinking-through. “Being a mum and being able to do all the mum things like breastfeeding was amazing.” About 600 people in Scotland need a life-saving organ transplant, with Mr Matheson saying: “I don’t think there is a better New Year’s resolution than to become a potential lifesaver by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register. “We know the festive season is an important time for people to spend with family and friends, but I’d like people to spare a thought for the Scots who are waiting for an organ, hoping that they get to spend another Christmas with their families and loved ones. “For them, the most admirable New Year’s resolution would be for more people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
“Stories like Kirsten’s show the incredible impact organ donation can have on not just one person but a whole family.”