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Adrian Mole Author Sue Townsend Receives Kidney from Son

After waiting two years for a suitable donor,  author Sue Townsend received a kidney from her 44-year-old son, Sean.

Watching her health deteriorate, Townsend’s family secretly underwent tests to see if one of them would be able to provide a kidney for her.  Sean, Townsend’s eldest child, proved to be the best candidate.

The surgery wasn’t without complications – Townsend developed an infection and had to return to the hospital 17 times within one week.

The Adrian Mole author has suffered from diabetes for 30 years and as a result has partial vision, a foot condition called Charcot’s disease and relies on a wheelchair. She is speaking about her operation to promote the UK National Kidney Federation‘s efforts to increase the number of donated organs.

Despite her health issues, Townsend considers herself to be very fortunate.  “I’ve got four children, a lovely husband and 10 grandchildren, plus we had 19 for Christmas lunch,” she said.

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