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Waiting for a transplant 

More than 5,500 people are on the transplant waiting list in the UK, and a third are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. This means that people from these backgrounds often wait longer than average to receive a transplant. 

Simran says: “My dad never let on how painful his experience was for him and continued to live as normally as possible. My parents became grandparents in 2021, as my sister had a little boy in May, and I had a little girl in August. They lit up his life again and were the best medicine for him. 

“Dad was put onto the transplant list at the beginning of 2023, but everyone resigned themselves to the fact that dialysis was just the way it was going to be for a while longer, given the time it could take to receive one. 

“When he did get that call in January this year, it happened so quickly, and I think it’s fair to say we weren’t all completely mentally prepared. Our nerves were on edge throughout the day and in the weeks afterwards but thankfully everything is going well. He’s almost at the end of his isolation period now which is good, as he’s missing his grandchildren including my little baby boy. 

“We all feel fortunate and blessed because some people can be on dialysis for a long time. My dad wears a turban and when I visited him in hospital right after his transplant, he was already wearing it. That’s his identity. He looked so smart and the best I’d seen him in over three years.  

“His face had changed, going back to how he used to look. He was up walking around the ward faster than I’d seen him move in a while. We facetime most days and we can see his face filling out more again. It’s so good to see.”