Here is Tim’s story:-
Born in 1974 Tim became a type 1 diabetic in 1981 at the hound of 7. Throughout his lifetime there were many hospital stays and difficult time.
In the year 2000 Tim discovered that his kidneys had failed due to his diabetes. With the wonderful gift from his brother Tim received his first transplant in 2002.
Over the next 14 Tim’s life was back on track to some degree, his health stabilised but he still had some arising medical issues. During this time he lost the sight in his left eye and developed brittle bones. To make things harder for Tim he suffered a lifelong disability due to a workplace injury.
In 2012 the signs started showing that his kidney was in active rejection. While it took many turns over the following 3 years, in 2015 Tim was told he needed to start dialysis, and a transplant was again on the agenda.
This time however Tim can’t have a live donor and not only does he need a kidney but a pancreas as well.
His health has declined rapidly and his medical issues keep growing. Tim developed a cataract over his right eye, leaving him with very limited vision. He has recently broken his ‘good’ leg. In winter of 2017 he suffered chest infection and developed pneumonia, like this wasn’t enough to cope with Tim suffered multiple heart attacks. Tests revealed that Tim has several blockages in his arteries and must undergo life saving open heart surgery.
With all that has happened in the last few months Tim has now been taken off the list for a lifesaving transplant and in turn is facing a high risk open heart surgery.
On the 1st of November 2017 Tim will undergo a stress test to determine if and when he will have open heart surgery. Both Leah and Tim together with their family are hoping for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. This will give Tim the chance to be back on the transplant list so he and Leah can have a new lease on life and go back to enjoying life to the fullest.
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