A BOY who is bravely fighting renal failure with the help of his own dad’s kidney is urging politicians to sign up to the organ donor register.
Luis Goncalves, nine, of Broadsands Drive, in Gosport, has been busy with dad Ed, 45, after both were discharged from Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Together they have kicked off his campaign by writing to 17 MPs in Hampshire and the leaders of the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties.
Luis spent a year on dialysis and wants people to register as some sufferers do not have compatible family members.
He said: ‘Some of the politicians are saying it’s a good idea and are saying they will be donors.
‘I have put their names on the website and congratulated them.
‘I want everyone to know about it and to register, and I want the politicians to tell people in their area too.
‘I am also writing to friends and family, and to Cristiano Ronaldo – he is my sporting hero.
‘I haven’t been out of hospital for this long for about a year, which is really good.
‘I’m happy we’re closer to getting back into our home.’
Campaign headquarters is a family friend’s home in Titchfield where Luis is living with Ed, mum Siobhan, 43, and twin brother Joe.
Luis has launched a website, luislist.co.uk and will be updating it with his progress.
As previously reported in The News, Luis coped with and fought against his condition since he was diagnosed in March last year.
He had been on dialysis since May and has gone through 10 operations, mainly to tackle infections from the dialysis.
Ed and Siobhan were prepared to donate a kidney to him but decided Ed should do so.
His kidneys were working at just four per cent before the transplant was carried out on March 19.
Ed said NHS Blood and Transplant want them to be involved in a week of action in July.
Ed said: ‘It’s getting new people on to the register, which is obviously a big success.
‘Hopefully that will encourage other people, that’s what it’s about.
‘It’s very therapeutic for him to transform what has been a very difficult year.
‘He has had 10 operations, some of them extremely painful and has scars on his body from all the different tubes.
‘It’s turning all of that into something positive.’
See organdonation.nhs.uk to register.