By Sam Walker / The Daily Record
A SCOT has written an emotional letter to thank the parents of a tragic five-year-old whose kidneys saved his life.
Chris Green was yesterday preparing to celebrate a new year he thought he would never see – thanks to the double kidney transplant.
He doesn’t know the name of the child donor but has asked hospital bosses to pass his letter of thanks to the parents.
It reads: “My name is Chris Green. I’m 43 from the West of Scotland.
“I have tried to write this card several times but I have found it very difficult.
“This is my second transplant as I have been attending hospital since I was 12.
“I can never really express how grateful I am for the second chance you have given me.
“The courage and compassion you have has touched me deeply.
“You are in my thoughts and prayers each day. Thank you, Chris.”
Chris, who was told by doctors he would die if he didn’t get a transplant, said: “It’s a very personal message. It took me five attempts before I got it right.
“It was difficult to write because words can’t express my gratitude. The fact that the kidneys came from a child really got to me.
“It is incredible that a family would think of someone else when they have just been through such a tragedy.
“I’m going to send the card to the Western Infirmary in Glasgow and they will send it on to the family.
“If they want to get in touch with me, I would really like to meet them to thank them in person.”
Chris, from Foxbar, Paisley, was 10 when he was diagnosed with a condition which causes his own immune system to attack his kidneys.
When he was 18, he had a successful transplant but eight years ago his immune system began to attack the new organ.
He went back on dialysis and his outlook was bleak until the life-saving, nine-hour operation in March.
The tiny kidneys will grow in time to the size of adult ones and have given Chris a new lease of life.
He is fit and well now and is looking forward to spending New Year with his wife Gillian, 36, family and friends.