Nicholas benefits from Cardiff breakthrough in live kidney transplants - icWales
Nicholas benefits from Cardiff breakthrough in live kidney transplants
Jun 9 2008 by Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail
THE number of live kidney transplants could increase by up to 40% in Wales, as surgeons have carried out the first transplant between two people with incompatible blood groups.
Nicholas Kenvin from Pontllanfraith became the first patient to undergo the procedure in Wales after his father Lyndon donated a kidney to him.
Despite not having the same blood groups, the operation, which was carried out a month ago at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, has been hailed a success.
Nicholas, 28, who works for an exhibition firm, is returning to full health and fitness after suffering kidney failure a year ago.
He said: “I feel a thousand times better than I did on dialysis. I’m still getting my strength back, but I can’t stop moving.”