A man who received a double lung transplant as a teenager has celebrated his 21st birthday hoping for another gift of life.
Harrison Smith’s kidneys have been so damaged by anti-rejection drugs he was given for his new lungs seven years ago that he now desperately needs to go back on the transplant list.
But before that happens he has to undergo a series of tests to make sure his body is fit enough to cope with the procedure of getting a new kidney.
Because he has an irregular heartbeat, doctors have to take extra steps to be certain he is a suitable recipient whether the organs come from a live or dead donor.
Mr Smith, who has cystic fibrosis, had been on the waiting list for two years before he had the double lung transplant in 2007 but had to go on to kidney dialysis for life after irreversible damage was caused by chemotherapy and immuno-suppressive drug treatment.
His mum Joann McQuillan said: “It’s a vicious circle. If he hadn’t had his new lungs he would not have been here today, and if it hadn’t have been for the anti-rejection treatment he might not have got to 21.
“His lungs are still good, but his damaged kidneys are restricting his life now. He can’t go anywhere because he has to have all his dialysis.
“He needs a transplant so he can live the rest of his life to the full – that would his best 21st present.”
Mr Smith, whose ill health stops him from working, lives at home with his family in Larch Drive, Odsal, Bradford, and new pet puppy Louie, who he takes for walks.
“Harrison can get about but can’t over do it otherwise he gets breathless and starts to panic.
“He needs this transplant for quality of life. At the moment we have to take each day as it comes – we can’t plan ahead,” said Miss McQuillan.
Because of his kidney condition Harrison is only allowed one litre of fluid a day, which includes not just the water he has to take with his tablets but also hidden liquid in ice-cream, soups, sauces and other foods.