By writer to www.mirror.co.uk
A son has informed how he flew his father 1,700 miles to Turkey to donate a part of his personal liver after UK medical doctors dominated him too in poor health for surgical procedure.
Zahid Anwar, 61, had begun struggling issues final yr and was identified in February with the hepatitis B virus.
By April he was so in poor health that medical doctors started to contemplate a transplant. However his situation worsened in June.
Son Hamza stated: “We had been informed he was not match for transplant. By July they stated he had little time left. Then he went right into a coma and so they had been speaking only a week.”
Hamza, 32, and spouse Zubera, 30, had already begun a search to get his dad a transplant with him as his donor. He stated: “We checked out locations like India and China. Then we contacted the hospital in Istanbul.
“They needed to see his data and coverings. They got here again and informed us Dad didn’t have a lot time. It was a small window of alternative, we very almost didn’t get him out in time.”
Garments store proprietor Zahid, of Lytham St Annes, Lancs, was within the coma for six days. When he got here out of it, Hamza says medical doctors at Blackpool Victoria Hospital stated he was too in poor health to depart.
So on August 11 Zahid discharged himself and was taken by non-public ambulance to Manchester Airport, the place a non-public jet with a physician and nurse on board was ready to fly him to Turkey.
Three days later father and son had been going below the knife at Florence Nightingale Hospital in Istanbul. Hamza stated: “Within the UK they attempt to discover a deceased donor first however in Turkey almost each transplant is from a dwelling donor.
“Households are bigger and extra close-knit. I’d do something for Dad – I used to be his solely lifeline. We rushed by means of the exams and hardly had time to pause earlier than we had been in surgical procedure.”
In parallel 12-hour ops on August 14, Hamza gave his father 70 per cent of his liver, which is able to develop again to regular dimension. He stated: “Dad’s liver had been nearly destroyed so that they took a bit greater than regular.”
The flight to Istanbul value £22,000, and surgical procedure £60,000. It’s feared the whole will prime £100,000. From hospital in Turkey, Zahid, who additionally has a daughter, Annum, 28, stated: “I’m grateful for my household refusing to surrender on me. I’d have been a useless man if I stayed any longer. They had been courageous to withstand.”
Property agent Hamza added: “We predict the NHS is nice, and the nurses and numerous the medical doctors who cared for dad had been great. However we really feel one thing went fallacious with the administration of his care.”
A spokesman for Blackpool Instructing Hospitals NHS belief stated particular person instances couldn’t be mentioned.
Dr Phil Wooden, chief medical officer for Leeds Instructing Hospitals, stated: “Our specialist group follows nationally-set standards to find out which sufferers could also be eligible.”
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