“I have always wanted a normal life and now I can have it.”
The words of one Kirkcaldy man who has been given the best start to the new year after undergoing a sucessful liver transplant and becoming the 1000th patient to receive a new liver at an Edinburgh hospital.
Fraser Sneddon, who was born with a congenital liver defect, recently underwent the life changing operation at the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
The 25-year-old was placed on the transplant waiting list in November and within three weeks a positive match had been found.
Earlier this week he met Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon when she visited the hospital to announce an additional £888,000 of Scottish Government funding for the transplant unit.
Speaking about how his life will be transformed by the operation, Fraser said: “This year is going to be amazing. I am going to really be able to enjoy it. I feel better already.
“I have always wanted a normal life and now I can have it. I had a super Christmas and now I am looking forward to a new start and a new year.
“I want to have a nine-to-five job, without worrying about how I look, I want to go on holiday and then one day I hope to get married and have kids.”
Fraser was born with the congenital liver defect, biliary atresia, and when just six weeks old he underwent an operation to correct the problem.
But it was only when he turned 17 that he hit a ‘difficult patch’.
He began to feel unwell and his health began to deteriorate.
His skin became more jaundiced and he became self conscious of his appearance, wearing hats and dark glasses, often only going out at night.
Then in November last year it became apparent Fraser’s health was failing fast and he was put on the transplant list.
The milestone operation was performed by transplant surgeons Ian Currie and Gabriel Oniscu, and took longer than expected because of Fraser’s previous surgery.
However, within 10 hours the procedure was hailed a success when the liver began functioning correctly right away.
Fraser added: “I will always be grateful to the organ donor and their family who took the selfless decision to donate and make this transplant possible for me.”