To Mick and his third kidney....
When he was just 21 years old,
Mick got a phone call that would change his life forever.
A kidney was available for transplant and it was a match for him.
And here we are 29 years later.
A rather nephrofulous occasion you must agree.
And what's really amazing is that the expected life of a transplanted organ in 1981 was between 5 and 12 years.
He has really beaten the odds on this one. I don't have a current figure yet but when we had his Silver Kidneyversary party in 2004 there were only 414 people in the entire world who had a transplant surviving that long.
If they make it though to 30 years there will be one helluva party !
To all of my readers who are organ donors...
thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Without people like you our lives would be very different today.
Ode to a Man with Three Kidneys
I once knew a man who lived down our street
who had three kidney’s
- A remarkable feat
When asked why this was he would say
“I don’t know;
Perhaps I woke up one morning and it started to grow”.
“I did used to think it was a bit odd
I’ve even considered and act of God;
But whatever it was that caused it to grow
it’s never given me no trouble you know”.
I asked if he felt some sort of a freak
and he said “no not really I feel quite elite;
It give one a sense of being well off
Like owning a rolls you know , being a real toff”;
But all his elation was soon brought to ground
By a stranger he met in a pub in the town
they were chatting away and sinking the mild
When our man remarked in a casual style
“Ya know between you and me,
We’ve got five kidneys old son”.
To which the stranger (aghast) replied
“Bloody hell ain’t you got none”?