"A selfless gift" - donor found for Sally-Anne Grainger

Worcester News: KIDNEY TRANSPLANT: Sally-Anne Grainger said her donor had given her the chance to be a mum to her daughters Megan, ten, and Kelsey, 14. (s) KIDNEY TRANSPLANT: Sally-Anne Grainger said her donor had given her the chance to be a mum to her daughters Megan, ten, and Kelsey, 14. (s)

SALLY-Anne Grainger will get the kidney transplant she desperately needs to improve her life thanks to the selfless actions of a Worcester News reader.

The mother-of-two received the call she was anxiously waiting for and was amazed to discover that one of the three potential donors was an exact tissue match.

The news has delighted Miss Grainger, from Swallowfields, Warndon Villages, particularly because there is no chance that her antibodies would react against the organ and damage it.

The male donor, who is in his 30s and from Worcester, came forward after the newspaper carried a front page appeal on Miss Grainger's behalf after she suffered renal failure and said she was "just existing".

The University of Worcester student wanted to extend her life to spend as much time with her daughters Kelsey, 14, and Megan, ten, as possible and had already undergone a double lung transplant in March 2009.

A second man who also offered to donate his kidney after reading about Miss Grainger's plight has been placed on a reserve list and has vowed to join a

pairing program to match his kidney with someone who needs it in the UK.

The donor will now go through a few more tests to see how his body will cope losing a kidney before the procedure can go ahead potentially in August.

Miss Grainger, who has cystic fibrosis, called the news "fantastic" but was still cautious after a potential donation from a friend could not go ahead at the last minute.

"It was amazing to be told they had found a match - I couldn't believe it.

"I really cannot thank them enough for their selfless gift.

"I'm buzzing but I am trying not to get too over excited after what happened before but I want to stay positive.

"If I have it in August I am determined to be back at university again.

"It will mean I can live a normal life and be a mum to my girls for as long as possible."

At the moment, she is being fed through a tube at night in a bid for her to gain five kilos because her BMI is a too low for the operation.

Having also suffered with anaemia, the 34-year-old is looking forward to having more energy and continuing to live life to the full.

"I have to thank the Worcester News and its readers because without the story featuring in the paper and so many people coming forward I would still be waiting four years if not longer.

"My lungs wouldn't have been able to function for that long."

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