|The ultimate gift - Dorset wife gives husband her Kidney - ITV News|
1:45pm, Wed 28 Mar 2012Wife Gives Kidney To Husband by Rebecca Broxton - last updated Wed 28 Mar 2012
Sarah Hayter undergoes surgery to improve husband's health Photo: ITV West
For the past four years Robert Hayter has been receiving dialysis for kidney disease three times a week. However his wife Sarah has decided to donate her own kidney to help improve her husband’s health.The couple hope the transplant will improve their lives Credit: ITV West
Robert developed the condition through diabetes and has been unable to work for years. But if the transplant is a success, it could significantly improve Robert’s health and his ability to do more things.
– Robert Hayter Sarah underwent 3 hours of keyhole surgery in order for her kidney to be removed Credit: ITV West
Sarah has to undergo three hours of keyhole surgery in order for her kidney to be removed. Her other kidney will now take up the full workload. The doctors will complete regular tests to monitor her progress, but she is expected to make a full recovery.
The human body takes better to donated organs from a living person and hospitals are encouraging people to take this route, if possible.
– Kay Hamilton, Transplant Coordinator at Southmead Hospital