Transplant surgeon donates own kidney to save his mother's life
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Thursday 22 December 2011
A transplant surgeon has joined the ranks of organ donors by giving up one of his own kidneys to save his mother's life.
Asim Syed, 32, who has carried out more than 100 operations at Hammersmith Hospital, London, became a patient in his own unit and was operated on by colleagues.
He is believed to be the first transplant specialist to become a donor. He put himself forward when his 64-year-old mother, Dilshad, became ill and was told she could die within months.
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