Sep 3 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Formby Times
Formby brother and sister celebrate a decade since kidney donation
SIBLINGS hosted a party to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of a brother donating a life-saving kidney to his sister.
Colin Watterson, 63, from Formby, donated his kidney to his sister Debbie Bracey in August 2003 after she suffered kidney failure.
The grandad’s kidney wasn’t a perfect match for his younger sister, but the transplant was successful and Debbie has had no health problems since.
Colin, an electrician, said: “I didn’t think twice about donating a kidney to my sister – I said I’d help immediately and it didn’t sink in how serious the operation was until I was on the operating table.
“Fortunately it was a big success and there have been no consequences at all for either of us.
“It seems like such a long time ago. I became a grandfather for the first time in the same month as the transplant and it’s strange seeing my 10-year-old granddaughter Ella Grace grown-up now.
“The party was to celebrate Debbie’s 10 years of being healthy and lots of our friends and family were there.”
Around 90 people went to the party at Debbie’s house in Childwall, Liverpool, where Colin was the guest of honour.
Debbie, 53, said: “I can’t thank my brother enough for what he did for me.
“I suffered from polycystic kidneys which meant my kidneys gradually began failing before they eventually stopped working altogether.
“I was on dialysis for eight hours a day for a year and the transplant completely transformed my life.
“I’ve had no problems with the kidney and I hope it’s going to last for a long time yet.”
Debbie now works as an administrator for John Moores University in Liverpool, but had dreams of becoming an artist and studied at Southport Art College.
Debbie asked friends not to get her any presents but to instead donate money to Mersey Kidney First.
The celebration raised over £500 which will be donated to the research charity.