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I pray Im a match for Joe so I can save his life

Thursday, 10 November 2016

I pray Im a match for Joe so I can save his life thumbnailSarah Lamont with son, Joe, who is waiting for a liver and kidney transplant. Sarah is being tested to see if she is compatible so she can help Joe. GB4556 p1

A BALLYMENA mother has vowed to 'go to the ends of the earth' to save her four-year-old son, who is in desperate need of a liver and kidney transplant.
Sarah Lamont, from Deramore Gardens, said it is crucial her little boy, Joe, receives a donor organ soon.
His battle for life has featured in the Guardian over the last three years.
“Joe's liver is engorged with blood and it takes up a lot of room in his belly which slows him down," said Sarah.
“Doctors will test me over next few months and hopefully I will be a match for his liver at least to save his life. The liver is most important at the minute."
Joe started Dunclug nursery in September and is thoroughly enjoying it, but Sarah admits he misses out on a lot of sessions as he has to attend the hospital three times per week for dialysis.
“Dialysis isn't good for children, it is very hard on their brain and heart plus there is a high risk of infection," Sarah said.
“His liver was secondary to his kidney transplant but now it has all turned around. There's no dialysis for a liver so it's waiting game."
Despite Joe's medical problems his mum praises his "happy go-lucky" attitude and says he "is her everything".
She added: "Joe in himself is great, he is such a happy wee boy.
“His speech is coming on well and he is walking away on his leg which was recently operated on when he suffered blood poising.
“He is a lot smaller than kids his own age and wouldn't be as robust but at nursery he has wee friends and they all run round after him."
Sarah said a young adult in the 'O' blood group would be the ideal donor for Joe.
Doctors have said this is very rare, plus there are liver cancer patients who are regarded as urgent and who will get a donor before Joe.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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