A Midland man, who has been waiting seven years for a kidney transplant, is to finally have his operation after his case was highlighted in yesterday's Birmingham Post.
Alan Vaughan, of Barnt Green, Worcestershire, had needed to undergo a new transplant procedure which allows patients to receive organs from donors of a different blood group.
When the 27-year-old found out it would not be NHS funded, his girlfriend Kelly Hollier (pictured with Alan Vaughan) launched an internet campaign to raise #23,000 for the operation.
But yesterday during one of his four-times-a-week dialysis sessions at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston he was informed that University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) - which runs the hospital - would pay for his transplant.
Last night Mr Vaughan said: "Kelly went with me to dialysis and we'd had a few calls from television and other newspapers after they saw our story. Then while I was having dialysis my consultant came in with one of the chief executives and handed over the press release they were going to send out.
"It's definitely your story in The Birmingham Post that's turned things around and created a bit of media pressure, otherwise we'd still be waiting for the operation.
"This means everything to me, everything, and it means Kelly and I can be a proper couple, go on holiday, eat and drink what we like and I can work full- time. It's so brilliant."
Mr Vaughan, who has a different blood group to the rest of his family, is now be able to look to the future as a result of the trust's decision.
His mother Margaret, a librarian at Birmingham University, last month offered her youngest son one of her kidneys after hearing about the new procedure.
He hopes to have the new operation later in the year and if that is successful, the couple plan to go on their first holiday together - to the Maldives.
Miss Hollier, a student nurse, had set up a sale on auction website eBay, urging people to help them "buy our happiness" for as little as 23p a time.
At the last count, her internet plea had netted more than #400 in donations. That money will now be split between various charities including the Kidney Patients Association and the National Kidney Research Fund.
The 20-year-old, who lives in Walsall, said: "When we were initially told the operation would not be funded, we thought that was the hospital's final decision. So when we were told the hospital would pay for Alan's transplant I was thinking 'Is this real? Is it really going to happen?' I think we were both shocked and amazed."
"But I do hope this highlights the need for this operation to be funded for all those other patients waiting for this treatment," she added.
In a statement, UHB confirmed it would pay for Mr Vaughan ' s transplant operation.
It read: "University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has recently developed a procedure to enable a kidney transplant to take place when the donor and recipient have different blood groups.
"We know of the potential significant benefits that a kidney transplant would have for this patient and therefore UHB will fund this new treatment on this occasion.
"We are aware of several other patients who may also benefit from this highlytechnical procedure and we continue to have active and encouraging discussions with our commissioners about future funding and evaluation of this and other pioneering treatments."
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