QUEEN Alexandra Hospital’s leading renal department hopes to encourage more people from ethnic minorities to become kidney donors by sharing this heartwarming story between a father and son.
Aidan Husseyin-Sheikh, 23, of Dorset, was diagnosed with severe kidney failure last year, and was told by specialists at the Cosham-hospital that he would need a transplant within the year or face going on dialysis.
His father Ilkay Husseyin, 46, of London, did not hesitate to get tested to see if he was compatible and when he found out he was, he was ready to undergo the life-saving operation at QA.
Today, ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday, the pair are sharing their story in a bid to inspire others.
Aidan said: ‘My girlfriend Abi made a comment about the appearance of my urine. Together we looked on the internet at what “bubbles in urine” means and there was a suggestion of kidney failure.
‘Under Abi’s instruction I went to see my GP later that week with a urine sample, and that same day the GP referred me to QA and said I needed a biopsy immediately.’
The biopsy revealed Aidan had severe renal failure, and doctors advised he needed a kidney transplant within a year.
Mr Husseyin, who works as an IT consultant and is a Kung Fu instructor, was a healthy candidate for his son.
He said: ‘Emotionally the process to be a candidate for kidney donation was like a roller-coaster ride where at every stage you have to undergo tests, then wait for the results before you progress to the next stage.
‘Only one person can complete the process at one time so it was a constant worry that I may fail a stage at some point throughout the six-month period, and we would have wasted the one-year clock the doctor gave Aidan to have his transplant in.’
Aidan was juggling his final year of university and caring for his firstborn child Reilly while tests were ongoing.
Kidney consultant surgeon Sam Dutta, of QA, explained the process before the successful transplant took place in May this year.
He said: ‘Surgeons in Portsmouth have always played an active role in promoting transplantation and we hope this transplant will help to promote organ donation among ethnic minority groups.
‘Being part of a minority community myself, I would like to congratulate Ilkay and Aidan and their whole family and friends who have supported them through this period.’
Both are recovering well and visit QA for check-up appointments.