I donated blood ... and found out I had kidney disease, says dad Peter as he awaits vital op
A FATHER-of-four discovered he was in the early stages of kidney failure after he donated blood.
Peter Moore (56) had been awarded a special gold pin for donating 50 units of blood.
It was after his next donation that he received a call from the Blood Transfusion Service advising him to visit his GP.
"I got a call to say that something had shown up. I felt okay. It turned out I had the start of kidney disease and I was referred to a consultant in Beaumont," explained Peter.
There he got the shocking news that he had glomerulonephritis.
"One in 5,000 people get it – this came out of the blue," he said.
That was in 2001 and, despite medication and constant monitoring, his condition has deteriorated.
"In 2007, we found out I had it in both kidneys and at that stage I was quite sick and put on emergency dialysis.
"It has taken 10 years, but now my kidneys have stopped working."
Every second day, Peter spends four hours attached to a dialysis machine at the family home in Oberstown, North County Dublin.
He and his wife, Deirdre, were specially trained in how to use the machine, which removes toxins from his blood and allows him to live as normal a life as possible.
The lives of the Moore family are on hold until they day they get the call that there is a kidney for Peter and he can have his transplant.
He is one of 350 people waiting for transplants and 1,700 who are on dialysis.
This has not stopped them from planning a huge fun-day at their home to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association (IKA).
"They have been a great support to us; they are like a little family and have been there for us, no matter what we were going through," said Deirdre.
With the help of their four adult children and family friend Aoife Murphy, plans are well advanced for an afternoon of fun for adults and children alike on May 11.
The IKA is delighted with the family going to such trouble, saying: "The success of the IKA is built on the efforts and support of people such as the Moore family.
"We are a patient-driven organisation and it is such grassroots events that provide us with the essential funds to carry on our work.
"Their efforts will not only raise funds, however; the event will also raise awareness of the importance of organ donation," said Colin White, national project manager for the IKA.
Peter believes he was lucky that he was a blood donor, because he discovered he had the disease when it was still in its early stages.
The fun-day is on from 2-6pm and admission is free. More information at www.ika.ie/fundraising