Dad and son-in-law in kidney transplant op recovering well

Steve Walton and son-in-law Ryan Crawford at Manchester Royal Infirmary just before the transplant
Steve Walton and son-in-law Ryan Crawford at Manchester Royal Infirmary just before the transplant
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A Lancashire dad and his son-in-law are recovering well after a live kidney transplant.

Steve Walton, 61, who lives in Leyland, was diagnosed with kidney disease a decade ago and his kidney function had deteriorated to just six per cent.

Steve, a semi-retired sales director, was touched when his son-in-law Ryan Crawford, 44, offered to give him one of his kidneys and tests revealed Ryan was a perfect match.

The transplant went ahead at Manchester Royal Infirmary last Thursday and initial results show that it was successful.

Lisa Crawford, 39, Ryan’s wife says it was a day of turmoil for the family - particularly her as her husband and dad went under the knife on the same day.

Lisa said: “It was a long and stressful day and were were trying to hold our emotions together. The relief when they both came out of surgery and we knew they were OK was immense.

“My dad was fully awake when he came back on the ward and he said he felt great.

“He told us he could feel the difference already as he felt so much better.

“But we’re not sure if that was all the drugs he was on or the transplant!

“Ryan also felt fine, just a bit tired. Soon after the surgery, Ryan and my dad were both on their mobiles chatting to each other which was lovely.

“Ryan is supposed to be out of hospital in three or four days while my dad has to stay in for about seven days.

“It is wonderful that Ryan has hopefully given my dad a longer and better life.”

• Giving the Gift of Life is an LEP campaign aimed at inspiring at least another 2,016 people to pledge to donate their organs during 2016.

To register as an organ donor, visit: http://bit.ly/givethegiftoflife

But more importantly, tell those closest to you that you would like to become an organ donor and then record your wishes on the donor register.

That way, when the time comes, your family and friends will know you want to be a donor to help others.

Giving the gift of life is a campaign aiming to inspire at least another 2,016 people to pledge to donate their organs during 2016.

To register as an organ donor, visit: http://bit.ly/givethegiftoflife

But more importantly, tell those closest to you that you would like to become an organ donor and then record your wishes on the donor register.

That way, when the time comes, your family and friends will know you want to be a donor to help others.