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Health & Fitness Airdrie dad-of-five given "second chance at growing family" after organ donation

14:20  29 october  2019
14:20  29 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A grateful Airdrie dad of five was given a “ second chance at growing his family ” thanks to the kindness of an organ donor. Malcolm Armstrong received a kidney transplant in 2005 following a diagnosis of Goodpasture’s Syndrome which caused his kidneys to fail. The 44-year-old only had one

a group of people posing for the camera: Airdrie dad of five Malcolm Armstrong, 44, was given a © Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser Airdrie dad of five Malcolm Armstrong, 44, was given a "second chance at growing his family” thanks to the kindness of an organ donor

A grateful Airdrie dad of five was given a “second chance at growing his family” thanks to the kindness of an organ donor.

Malcolm Armstrong received a kidney transplant in 2005 following a diagnosis of Goodpasture’s Syndrome which caused his kidneys to fail.

The 44-year-old only had one child – daughter Emily, now 17 – at the time of his diagnosis and his hopes of having more children faced an uncertain future as the medication he was on during dialysis made him sterile.

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However, following his successful transplant, Malcolm and his wife Michelle are now proud parents of four more kids – Daniel, 13, Rosie, 12, Eve, 10, and Ben, nine.

Police family liaison officer Malcolm has spoken of his appreciation for his kidney donor’s decision to join the NHS Organ Donor Register as the organisation marks its 25th anniversary.

He said: “The transplant gave me a second chance at having more children, and being here for my first-born. Of course, having five kids comes with its challenges, but I absolutely love the life we have and wouldn’t change it for the world.

“It’s the biggest gift you can give someone and has a huge ripple effect on their whole life.

“If it wasn’t for the decision made by my donor, I wouldn’t be here or have a future with my wife and kids. It’s as simple as that.”

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The NHS Organ Donor Register was created in October 1994 and, since January 1, 1995, of the 1868 organ donors in Scotland, 623 (33 per cent) were known to be on the register – leading to 6235 life-saving and life-improving transplants.

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The centralised donor register allows specialist nurses in organ donation to quickly and easily check if someone has indicated they wish to donate.

In Scotland, there are just over 2.6 million people currently on the register, representing nearly 49 per cent of the population.

From Autumn 2020, the law around organ and tissue donation is changing in the country, meaning that if people have not confirmed whether they want to be an organ donor, it may be assumed they’re willing to donate when they die.

But the register will remain an important record of those who have registered their organ donation decision – and people are being encouraged to share that decision with loved ones to ensure it’s honoured.

Malcolm said: “I think organ donation, and the NHS Organ Donor Register, is one of the most important things in society. If your organs can be used by someone else when you die, then why not give them that second chance?

“As well as joining the NHS Organ Donor Register, having that vital conversation about your donation decision can make sure that somebody in need can benefit.”

There are more than 550 people in Scotland currently waiting on a transplant, with one donor able to transform the lives of up to nine people.

People can find out more about the opt out system of organ and tissue donation, and their choices, at organdonationscotland.org.

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