Mother receives life-saving kidney transplant after family friend secretly puts herself up as a donor
Mother receives life-changing news when organising a sleepoverI'll never be able to repay her, Suzanne says
13:35 GMT, 20 July 2012
Suzanne Green (in front) was amazed when her daughters friend's mother Tracey Warnast offered her kidney
A desperately-ill woman who needed a kidney transplant was saved when her daughter’s best-friend’s mother went for a test in secret and discovered she was a good match.
Suzanne Green, 44, had been on kidney dialysis for four years and almost given up hope of finding a donor. But she was amazed when Tracey Warnast offered her kidney while they were arranging a sleepover for their daughters.
Tracey, whose daughter Becky, 16, is
best friends with Suzanne’s daughter Savanna, 16, found out
mother-of-three Suzanne had been undergoing dialysis when she noticed a
patch on her arm.
Tracey found out Suzanne was receiving treatment at Canterbury hospital in Kent, and contacted the hospital to
offer herself for testing as a potential donor.
Ms Green said: 'Tracey called to arrange a sleepover for Savanna and Becky and she said she’d passed the test.
'I asked what test, and she said: “Hasn’t anyone told you I’m your donor. I just burst into tears.
'I didn’t know anything about it until
she called me that day. I think she kept it a secret from me and Savanna
so as not to get our hopes up.'
Ms Green added: 'Tracey is a diamond. I’ll never, ever be able to repay her for it. We have become very, very close.
'There aren’t words to say how I feel about her, but she’s one in a million.
'It will make such a big difference to all of us. I’m looking forward to taking the girls swimming and to theme parks, as I couldn’t do things like that before.
'I’m going to be able to help my parents more, and it will be a huge change to Savanna, who used to stay home to help me, but she’ll be able to go out more and have fun.'
Best of friends: Suzanne and Tracey are now very close like their daughters Savanna (far left) and Becky
Suzanne, from Barming, Kent, was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in 1996 after giving birth to Savanna.
She managed to get through 12 years before her kidneys began to fail and doctors told her she would need to have dialysis three times a week unless they found a donor.
After Tracey revealed she was a match the pair underwent the transplant operation at Guys Hospital in London on July 4. It was so successful, Suzanne was discharged just a week later.
Now Suzanne, who hopes to train as a healthcare assistant at Maidstone Hospital’s renal unit, and Tracey have become best friends.
She added: 'Anyone can donate a kidney.
Tracey and I were not blood matches, but the doctors were still able to
carry out the transplant successfully.'