SHE wanted to donate her kidney while she was still healthy enough to do so.
That’s why at the age of 70 Trish Bailey decided to give away one of her kidneys to a stranger.
I decided to donate a kidney before I became too old and creaky and it wouldn’t be useful for othersKidney donor Trish Bailey, 70
The retired special needs teacher from Waterlooville has carried a donor card for most of her life.
She said: ‘I could be ill and need to take medication that would make my kidneys no good for a transplant.
‘My husband John and I decided long ago that we would become organ donors, but when my husband died 17 years ago he was so ill that only his corneas were suitable to be used.
‘I decided to donate a kidney before I became too old and creaky and it wouldn’t be useful for others.’
Trish donated her kidney altruistically at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, in March this year.
The renal unit at QA has carried out 43 altruistic kidney donations since 2009.
She contacted the centre in September last year where she went through a series of tests, scans and interviews to ensure she was fit enough to undergo major surgery, and that her kidney was suitable to be transplanted into someone else.
Trish added: ‘All the tests were straightforward and the staff were so accommodating.
‘I was given lots of information and support.’
After being found fit and healthy to donate, the operation took place in March this year.
Trish is now sharing her story in a bid to encourage others to donate. She added: ‘I’m just an ordinary person, I’m not hyper-fit or young, but was able to donate.
‘I want to share my story to encourage others.’
Paul Gibbs, consultant vascular and renal transplant surgeon at QA, said: ‘Dozens of people have donated their kidneys to strangers here in QA. Altruistic donors come from all walks of life, but share a common goal to help people less fortunate than themselves.
‘They are all fantastic people who selflessly undergo surgery to help a stranger.’
To find out more, visit nhsbt.nhs.uk