A Honiton man still recovering from a kidney transplant says he is ‘blown away’ by the support he has received.
Jonathan Salisbury, 25, of Willow Walk, received a life-saving kidney from his dad, Richard, in February.
Richard is pictured below with a healthy Jonathan (right).
Both men underwent the knife at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, before returning to Honiton
Since then, Jonathan, who works at a garage in the town, started a birthday fundraiser in aid of Kidney Research UK.
The Facebook campaign aimed to collect donations totalling a few hundred pounds but raised an incredible £1,064 in less than two weeks.
“I am blown away by people’s generosity,” Jonathan said. “People’s support really does mean the world to me and my family.”
Without the transplant, Jonathan faced an uncertain future and a life ruled by dialysis.
Dialysis requires a patient to be hooked up to a machine for several hours, three or more days a week.
Kidney Research UK says, of all the people on the transplant waiting list 80 per cent need a new kidney.
There are currently more than 5,000 people waiting for a kidney but, due to a shortage of organs, only 3,000 transplants are carried out each year.
The charity funds research to save more lives. It works to help those living with kidney disease live life to the full. Ultimately, it says: “We want to eradicate this silent killer.”