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Weekly Edition - Published 12 September 2015


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Transplant patient back in the saddle for coast to coast bike ride

A newly-wed is preparing to take on a coast to coast bike ride, two years after having an operation to save his life. 26 year old Neil Hind, a restaurant manager who lives in Winsford, underwent the life-saving kidney transplant 3 years after he was diagnosed with Alport Syndrome; a rare condition affecting the kidneys.

His replacement kidney was donated by his father Dave Hind, who bravely agreed to the procedure instead of his other son Daniel, who was originally the best match for the kidney transplant.

Neil now wants to show his appreciation of the care he and his father received at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital by cycling from Whitehaven to Sunderland in October to support the Royal's R Charity and raise money for the new hospital.

A keen cyclist, Neil is determined to complete his journey this year after pulling out of a bike ride from Italy to Liverpool due to illness.

He is now ready to get back in the saddle to ride the width of the country in just under 2 days.  "Before I had my transplant I couldn't walk up two flights of stairs without feeling exhausted. In my 1st challenge I managed to make it to Belgium, but it was a bit too much too soon. We still managed to raise £1,500, but I'm determined to make it all the way this time. I've set myself a target of 2 days."

Neil won't be short of a few words of encouragement this time as his new wife Nicola will be helping him out along the way to Sunderland in a support car.  He added:- "Nicola will be on the road helping me out at stops along the way. I need to drink a lot more water on top of what a normal person would usually drink, so I won't need to carry them by myself, which is a big plus."

Neil and Nicola tied the knot on Friday 7 August 2015.  Neil said:- "Without the treatment and care I received there's a chance I wouldn't be here today and even if I was I'd be on regular dialysis. It's not the largest of distances, but it's just my way of saying thanks to the staff at the Royal who've looked after me so well."

The Royal is the regional referral centre for renal transplants; the transfer of a healthy kidney to the person with little or no kidney function.  In 2014 The Royal performed 102 kidney transplants, 41 of which were form living donors.  There are still 185 people waiting for a new kidney across Merseyside, with many undergoing dialysis 3 times a week for 4 hours at a time.

Dr Peter Hampshire is clinical lead for organ donation at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Speaking during National Transplant Week, he said:- "Neil's story is incredibly inspiring and shows the impact a transplant can have on someone's life.  Unfortunately 3 people die every day while waiting for a transplant in the UK. You could help save someone else's life after your death. You may not realise it but one organ donor can potentially save up to 8 lives."

The Trust recently launched its £10million R Charity Appeal to raise funds for ground breaking services in the new Royal.

To support Neil's coast-to-coast challenge, you can donate online.


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