Kidney team helped me see my children grow up, says Steve

TOP TEAM Steve Jewer, with, from left, staff nurses Marcelle Ward, Liesbet de Uries, Marion Collins, and matron Nicola Pacy.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121524-1)
TOP TEAM Steve Jewer, with, from left, staff nurses Marcelle Ward, Liesbet de Uries, Marion Collins, and matron Nicola Pacy. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121524-1)

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DAD Steve Jewer feared he would never see his children grow up or give his daughter away to be married after having both his kidneys removed due to cancer.

But thanks to the help of a specialist kidney team in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, he’s been able to do both those things.

That’s why the 57-year-old of Marlow Close, Fareham, has put the team forward for Hospital Team of the Year in our Best of Health Awards 2012.

Mr Jewer said: ‘In 1999, I was told I had tumours on both of my kidneys.

‘To stop the cancer spreading I had to have both of them removed.

‘When I was told I had to have my kidneys out because of cancer, my fear was of cancer.

‘I thought about it spreading around my body and that I feared I would not see my children grow up or give my daughter away.

‘It was a shock and I was living my life day by day as much as I could. It was a very traumatic time.’

Mr Jewer visits the renal unit three times a week for four dialysis sessions in order to rid his body of toxins.

Dialysis is a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood – a job usually done by the kidneys.

‘My father did donate one of this kidneys to me, which I had for six years,’ added Mr Jewer.

‘But then it wasn’t working so I had that removed.

‘Because of the team and dialysis I was able to give my daughter away.

‘They are a great team and I cannot thank them enough.’

Matron Nicola Pacy said: ‘We feel very honoured and privileged that a patient has nominated us for this prestigious award.

‘Excellent patient care is always our first priority and we work hard to make sure this is achieved.’

To nominate all you have to do is fill in the nominate form and return it back to us.

This year’s awards are being backed by radio station Wave 105.

The awards night takes place on Friday, September 21, at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

The evening will be hosted by TV presenter Fred Dinenage.

So far five of our 12 categories have sponsors.

Any other businesses or organisations which would like to sponsor a category can contact Liz Parker at liz.parker@thenews.co.uk or call (023) 9262 2202.