When Sarah Lamont got the news her newborn son Joe had a rare condition called Autosomal Recessive Polycystic kidney disease, she vowed she would do anything she could to save his life. Racing against time, the mother of three made a commitment to become a double donor for her son, eventually donating a kidney and part of her liver.
The devastating effects of the disease were evident as soon as Joe was born. His kidneys were the size of an adult’s and his entire immune system was compromised. It was so serious that it looked like he wouldn’t survive.
In an interview with the Mirror, Sarah said:
“Joe suffered a cardiac arrest at birth and then a brain bleed, and then a collapsed lung, but each time he’s pulled through. My Joe is such a little fighter. He was so ill when he was born, we were told he wouldn’t get to six months. In the past children with his condition were given palliative care and allowed to die.”
Sarah is grateful to be able to help her son and wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s opened up her eyes to the gift of organ donation and she hopes that others will consider it, too.
“I know I have two other children to think of but I would put my life on the line for any of my children,” said Sarah.
Sarah Lamont With Her Son Joe
Joe Was Born With Failing Kidneys
Joe’s Kidneys Were The Size Of An Adult’s
Joe’s Mom Donated Both Part Of Her Liver And A Kidney To Him
She Said She Would Donate Her Organs To All Of Her Children If They Needed Them