Kidney-giving dad is Charlotte's hero this Father's Day
PUBLISHED: 10:01 21 June 2015
A 15-year-old girl who received a kidney transplant thanks to her dad has explained why he's her hero in the run-up to Father's Day.
Charlotte Archer-Gay and her dad Phil will be celebrating on Sunday as both have recovered well from the transplant, needed after Charlotte suffered kidney failure two years ago.
Charlotte says: “I named my dad’s kidney Bobby because on the day of our transplant he was wearing a top with Bobby Moore on and he told me he was wearing it because Bobby Moore is his hero. Dad is my hero and so I thought the name was perfect.
“Since receiving my dad’s kidney my life has changed completely. I get to spend much more time with my friends and doing the things I love. I feel a lot more normal and this makes me so happy.
“I can’t put into words how grateful I am for what my dad did for me. It gives us a connection that not many people have and to say I am thankful would never be enough.”
Before the transplant the teenager, from Havering-atte-Bower, had been dependent on dialysis treatment four nights a week, had severe diet restrictions, and could not take part in sports and other activities.
The family had set up a downstairs medical room in their house with a dialysis machine where Charlotte would sleep, but following the transplant Charlotte can sleep upstairs in her own bedroom every night.
Phil Gay, 48, said: “I feel very privileged and very proud to be able to donate my kidney to help my daughter. Our hearts have been broken over the last four years seeing our beautiful daughter fight a terrible condition.
“The transplant’s been a brilliant success and it’s great to see Charlotte and the whole family living a normal life again. We’ve benefited from first-class care and expertise from the transplant team and I hope our story helps to show the importance of organ donation.”
Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register go to organdonation.nhs.uk