I have only been on the Forum for a little while. My husband Les had non alcoholic cirrhosis and we could all see he was steadily getting worse.
The doctors at Kings recommended a liver transplant but initially he wouldn't even consider it. We had an appointment on 25th October 2017 when he was told he had to make a decision before it was too late.
Very reluctantly he agreed to a transplant. Although he is 60 and I am 59 we have a 16 year old son, born late to us after multiple miscarriages we both wanted him to live and not just give in.
We had our education day on 1st November 2017 and he was listed backdated to June 2017 when he had his assessment for transplant.
on 29th November 2017 at 3:30am we received the call. Went into KIngs and his operation started at 2:30pm and lasted about 10 hours. We knew there were problems as he had an extensive SMV Thrombus.
We are only 1 week post transplant and he is sitting up eating, drinking and even cracking a few jokes.
I have my husband back and our son has regained his Dad. He agrees that he was wrong and that he has now made the best decision in the world. He has thanked us and said how much he loves us but in our minds this has come about because of the death of a loved one and the courage of their relatives in agreeing to donate their organs.
How can you ever thank anybody for this but it has and will make such a difference to our lives.
If anyone is worried about a liver transplant that is only normal but please think carefully - it is a major life changer when all goes well and our thanks to the brilliant nursing team and surgeons at Kings College Hospital for their wonderful care.