Transplant patient given new leafe of life.

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A GRATEFUL grandad who underwent a life-saving liver transplant is backing a new campaign urging people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

It’s been two years since Errol Burchell (70) had the operation - decades after first being advised he had liver problems.

Since then Errol has been given a new lease of life.

He said: “The transplant saved my life. I was getting to the quite critical stage.

“I remember absolutely nothing after walking from the ambulance to the ward. I woke up three or four days later.

“I have been so lucky and I hope that the donor’s family get some comfort from the fact that the transplant saved my life.

“I have written to the family to thank them.”

Errol, from Lenzie, was diagnosed with liver problems around 27 years ago during medical tests he got while donating blood.

However, it got progressively worse and around four years ago he started occasionally having to be admitted to Stobhill Hospital.

Eventually Errol was sent to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a week of tests. He was put on the transplant list in June 2010.

At the end of December that year, Errol got a call from the transplant team to say they had a possible donor. Unfortunately, the liver was not compatible.

Thankfully, just a few days later, he was once more rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and, on January 4, 2011, the successful transplant operation was carried out.

Errol has made a remarkable recovery, although he has to take anti-rejection medication and still has regular check-ups.

See this week’s paper for more on this story.

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