Saturday, December 27, 2008

Putney Girl's Kidney Donor Hero

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Amongst other Christmassy antics my day was spent chasing a remote controlled bird round Putney common with two very excited little boys, eating far too much Terry's chocolate orange, tucking into a fab Christmas lunch prepared by my Mum and laughing as a friend's beard caught fire during Midnight Mass. It also marked the first Christmas in five years where I wasn't ill. Lots to celebrate!

The day before the festive period officially started was also full of excitement. Whilst doing a bit of last minute shopping, I received a rather hysterical phone call from Hannah demanding to know whether I was in fact the 'Putney Girl' and whether Oli was the 'kidney donor hero' on the Evening Standard bulletins shown on all the local news stands. Having no idea what she was talking about she shrieked down the phone that she would go and investigate and get back to me.

A little confused, Dan and I set off to find said paper - not as easy as we anticipated as the Mega Mall we were shopping in proved to be like a maze, and Waitrose was no where to be seen. A quick dash through the underground parking lot later and we arrived at the newspaper stand just as Hannah called saying that the article was in fact about Oli and I, and that she and her family had been in a mad dash up the high street stealing all the posters to give to me. (Baring in mind this was almost midnight, they were on borrowed time!) Above is one of their finds.

The full article can be read here. There was also a little article about Oli and I in The Sun the next day but google hasn't found that one online for me yet...


Mattie said...

I, by chance, found your blog this afternoon. When I read about your transplant, I was moved to tears. My husband was on the transplant list to receive a liver here in the U.S. Unfortunately, he never lived long enough to find a donor. When I read your story, well, I considered it a little victory for me and my husband. I was very touched by your words. May the new year bring you great happiness, joy, and health.(smile)....Mattie

Holly said...

Hi Mattie,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband, but I'm glad you find a little solace in my story :)

Just been reading your poetry, it's really lovely!

Hope you had a good Christmas.

Holly x