How a renal transplant transformed my life - Adrian's story
forty-five year old Adrian North from Reddish, Stockport, life will
never be the same again. He has finally shaken off the
shackles of diabetes, thanks to undergoing a life-transforming
combined kidney and pancreas transplant at Manchester Royal
Infirmary in May which has enabled him to resume a normal life
Adrian had battled diabetes since the age of nine and was
insulin dependent for 35 years before he had an insulin pump
fitted. His condition meant he had to check his blood sugar
levels four times a day and constantly keep a tight watch on his
Although he learned to cope well with his diabetes over the
years, Adrian started to get kidney trouble three years ago as a
result and was given five years to live. A transplant was the
only option and he was put on the waiting list.
At first, his seventy-four year old father was going to donate a
kidney but the MRI team advised Adrian that a double organ
transplant would be more beneficial for his condition. He
waited 12 months before the organs became available, much less than
the usual wait for a kidney transplant alone which can be up to
After his surgery which lasted seven hours, Adrian stayed in
hospital for a month under the watchful eye of the team on ward 9,
followed by fortnightly then monthly outpatient check-ups once he
"Everything at the MRI worked like clockwork - from my
pre-operative care to the surgery itself, then the aftercare in
intensive care, the high dependency unit and on the ward. The
team do so many transplants, they've got it off to a fine art."
Now Adrian is back at home in Reddish with wife Alison and his
two daughters, six year old Ella and three year old Abbie.
He's hoping to return to work soon as a graphic designer at Excel
Publishing in Manchester. Adrian is a keen cyclist and
travels by bike to the MRI for his outpatient appointments and
plans to cycle into work once he's fit to return.
"The transplant has made such a big difference to my life, not
only for me personally but for all of us as a family," said
Adrian. "I've much more energy - before the transplant, I was
tired all the time.
"I'm no longer diabetic and can eat a normal diet although I
have to watch my potassium levels so no bananas! And although
I still have to take medication and keep an eye on my health, it's
nowhere near where I was before.
"I'm so thankful to the family of the donor for this new lease
of life. By joining the organ donation register, you too can
change and save someone's life."