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Boy's 'amazing gift' after NI medics perform first kidney transplant since lockdown

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Hazel Gibson, Renal nurse coordinator, Dr Karl McKeever, Dr Mairead Convery and Grace McCaul, Consultant in Paediatric metrology, after performing a live kidney transplant

Hazel Gibson, Renal nurse coordinator, Dr Karl McKeever, Dr Mairead Convery and Grace McCaul, Consultant in Paediatric metrology, after performing a live kidney transplant

Stephen Hamilton

Hazel Gibson, Renal nurse coordinator, Dr Karl McKeever, Dr Mairead Convery and Grace McCaul, Consultant in Paediatric metrology, after performing a live kidney transplant

A young boy has been given a new lease of life after Belfast medics performed the first paediatric kidney transplant from a live donor in the UK and Ireland since lockdown began.

Surgeries were put on hold at the Children's Hospital in Belfast when the restrictions were first introduced in March.

This meant the young patient had to endure further months of an exhausting regime of kidney dialysis seven nights a week, making it uncertain he could even start primary school this year.