A TOWCESTER business women is recovering well after handing over the ultimate St Valentine’s Day gift.
Sharon McMurray, owner of Towcester Tea Rooms donated her kidney to life long friend Tracey Aspin during a 14 hour procedure at the John Radcliffe Hospital on Monday.
Mrs Aspin has had Lupus since childhood and has spent the last year on the transplant list and has had to endure dialysis three times a week.
The pair had already suffered one disappointment in January when the operation was cancelled due to Mrs Aspin’s low blood platelet levels.
Husband Tony McMurray said: “Monday was a long day. We arrived just before 7am to see Tracey, she had been up all night being tested for her blood levels.
“But at 8.45am I could sense it was going ahead this time as Sharon signed the consent form and she was lead away to theatre.”
Mr McMurray then had a seven hour wait before he could see his wife again, after which Mrs Aspin was sent to the operating theatre at 2pm.
Mr McMurray added: “It was gone 10pm when I joined Tracey’s husband Alan in her recovery room and the relief was there for all to see, she had a new kidney and it was looking fine.
“It is amazing how Tracey’s years of toxin build up is leaving her body at a rate of knots.
“She looks like a new women.”
From her recovery bed Mrs McMurray said: “I want to raise awareness among the public that organ donation is not as uncommon nor difficult as many think.
“The ability to donate an organ and improve another’s life is one of the wonders of modern medicine.
“I am so looking forward to seeing Tracey’s life transformed after the operation.”
Every year Mr McMurray takes part in an adventurous fund raising challenge and has raised tens of thousands over the last few years.
This year he has chosen to climb Mont Blanc, western Europe’s highest peak and will give half of what he raises to the Oxford Transplant Foundation. The other half will be given to the Alzheimer’s’ Society in the name of Mr McMurray’s mother Josephine who died on New Year’s Eve aged 73 after having suffered from the illness of several years.
Fund raising will begin during a Tea Dance at Towcester Town Hall on Sunday, March 13. Tickets costs £5 and are available at the Tea Rooms.