Family mark one year after dad gave son his kidney in transplant

MILESTONE Ed Goncalves and his son Luis. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14706-2951)
MILESTONE Ed Goncalves and his son Luis. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14706-2951)

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IT HAS been a year since little Luis Goncalves went under the knife to receive his dad’s kidney in a transplant.

And yesterday his family were celebrating, with the 10-year-old and his dad Ed, of Broadsands Drive, Gosport, doing well.

Ed posted a message on his blog, which charts the journey from Luis’ diagnosis of end-stage renal failure, to the transplant on March 19 last year.

He said: ‘I feel very privileged and fortunate to have been in a position to help my son.

‘With a new kidney, Luis can play with his friends, go swimming and eat what he wants.

‘He no longer has unsightly catheters implanted in his body.

‘He is released from the ordeal (and constant, dangerous infections) of dialysis.’

As reported, the family has now launched KidneyKids, a national charity that aims to connect children undergoing dialysis and their families with others across the country.

Luis was on dialysis from May 2012 and underwent 10 operations before he and Ed went ahead with the transplant on March 19 last year.

Now Luis is much better and back at home with mum Siobhan, 43, and his twin brother Joe.

Of the anniversary, Ed added: ‘It’s brought back a lot of difficult memories.’