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Brother's 'gift of life' to sister Lynn




A Bury St Edmunds barber last week gave the ‘gift of life’ after donating a kidney for his sister.

Adie Doe and his sister Lynn Charles are recovering after both taking part in a kidney sharing scheme.

He donated a kidney to an unknown recipient and at the same time, as part of the pool system, Lynn received a matching organ.

Adie Doe has donated a kidney to his sister Lynn Charles. Adie underwent surgery to donate a kidney to his sister Lynn, in a pool procedure where several donors band together and donate kidneys to people who are a better match. Picture: Mark Westley.
Adie Doe has donated a kidney to his sister Lynn Charles. Adie underwent surgery to donate a kidney to his sister Lynn, in a pool procedure where several donors band together and donate kidneys to people who are a better match. Picture: Mark Westley.

Lynn, 45, of Mildenhall, said: “Words won’t ever be able to thank him enough.

“He doesn’t want thanks he just wants a healthy sister. I will cherish the kidney and look after it.”

She discovered 24 years ago that one of her kidneys was failing and the other didn’t function at all.

Her mum Sandra donated her a kidney, but after 22 years with the usual donated kidney life span of 15 years, Lynn was once again in need of a new one.

Adie, 48, who owns a barber shop in St Andrew’s Street North, put himself forward to donate.

Although Adie, was not a close enough match to do a direct donation, the siblings were asked by doctors if they wanted to be a part of a pairing or pool system.

The national pool system involved six other people from across the country to link donors to people who needed a kidney and were better matched.

Adie said: “Six people were involved in the kidney swap, so someone gave to my sister who is a closer match to her, then I gave to someone else.”

All six people went into hospital and were operated on last Tuesday.

Adie and Lynn were treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

They do not know the identifications of the other donors and receivers but Lynn has said she may share her story on an organ donation Facebook page to see if she gets a response.

Lynn’s cousin and husband also put themselves forward, but Adie was a closer match to one of the six involved in the pairing system.

He announced that he would be absent from Adie’s Barber Shop via Twitter, which attracted a lot of support from customers.

Adie said: “My family have been very supportive. Jasmine, my daughter is a student nurse she has been to the hospital a lot.”

In a heartfelt social media post to her brother, Lynn said: “I just want to say a massive thank you, which will still never be enough, to my big brother for giving me another gift of life, 22 years after my mum did the same thing.

“I will cherish it like I did the first one and keep everything crossed it lasts just as long, if not longer.”

She also thanked her husband Joe, and the community who helped out taking her to and from West Suffolk Hospital when she was undergoing dialysis treatment before the transplant.

Adie Doe has donated a kidney to his sister Lynn Charles. Adie underwent surgery to donate a kidney to his sister Lynn, in a pool procedure where several donors band together and donate kidneys to people who are a better match. Picture Mark Westley.
Adie Doe has donated a kidney to his sister Lynn Charles. Adie underwent surgery to donate a kidney to his sister Lynn, in a pool procedure where several donors band together and donate kidneys to people who are a better match. Picture Mark Westley.


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