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Nurse donates kidney to patient

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A Devon nurse has donated one of her kidneys to help save the life of a patient.

Barbara Ryder, who is a staff nurse at a pre-assessment ward at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said she made the decision because of a family tradition.

‘It was the way we were brought up in our family – it was passed down to give help altruistically,’ she told NT. ‘I decided on [the procedure] three years ago.’

The organ went to Scotsman Andy Loudon, whose life was endangered by polycystic disease. Since the operation in September, Ms Ryder has met with Mr Loudon and arranged to meet again with him and his family for a meal in summer.

‘He was living on borrowed time,’ said Ms Ryder.

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