Scots brothers given new lease of life after life-changing kidney transplants

Three Glasgow brothers who needed new kidneys due to a rare genetic condition have now all received life-changing transplants within just three years of each other.

According to Glasgow Live, John, Bill and Robert Whiteford have been given a new lease of life – and a new kidney – thanks to the incredible surgeons at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The siblings all suffer from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADKPKD), a genetic degenerative illness which sees kidney function slowly decrease until eventual failure, meaning all would have required ongoing dialysis.

The trio received their organ transplants from selfless donors across the country.

Retired BBC journalist Bill is recovering well after undergoing his operation two weeks ago, following brother Robert, 67, who was the first of the brothers to receive a transplant.

Sonia and dad Johh Whiteford.

Retired minister John became the last brother to undergo the life saving surgery when he successfully received his transplant last week at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, following seven months of dialysis.

John, who was discharged earlier this week, received his kidney all thanks to his daughter Sonia.

Although generous Sonia was not a match, she donated her kidney as part of the UK Living Kidney Sharing Scheme.

The scheme means if a donor is unable to donate directly they are registered in a national scheme which matches them up with other pairs throughout the UK.

The mum-of-two’s kidney helped save a life elsewhere, while another donor’s kidney was given to John.

Sonia said: “The Living Kidney Sharing scheme has allowed me to help my dad and that is a huge privilege and an amazing thing to be part of. I can already see him getting better and his kidney function is improving every day.

“There’s a real feeling of joy and relief at the same time, and while I was only discharged this week, I’m already feeling my energy levels returning. As a mum of two getting that back fully is essential!

“The genetic condition which runs in our family means 50% of us will have kidney issues so we really are all in this together, and it’s inspiring to see how well programmes like the Living Kidney Sharing scheme work in practice.”

Meanwhile dad John is looking forward to getting his life back on track.

He said: “I am massively thankful to everyone working in dialysis and in the transplant arena. The team at the QEUH was excellent throughout and the care has been second to none. I couldn’t believe it when I was matched, it really is life changing news.

“The dialysis keeps me alive but I’m tethered to a machine three days per week and you’re energy levels are low.

“Transplant is the long-term solution and I’m incredibly thankful to my daughter Sonia, and to the UK Living Kidney Scheme.”

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