medical setbacks for the mum-of-one, of Chaucer Avenue, in Hartlepool, who said she could not believe it when she was told she needed a third transplant.
“I was just beginning to think I had been through two transplants and now I was having to go through another one and thought ‘why can’t I get a break from it all?’”, she said.
But she is now looking forward to the future and seeing her 10-year-old son Harry Andrews, a Kingsley Primary School pupil, grow up.
The 43-year-old, who is among only around 40 British people who have had a third replacement organ, is recovering from her latest procedure, which took place on May 11 at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital and lasted four hours.
It means she no longer needs dialysis treatment three times a week at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
Mandy, who lives with Harry and her mum, Doreen, 62, was told she needed a new kidney in February 2008 after a routine visit to the doctor for treatment for her eczema.
Mandy was told she had kidney failure and after plasma treatment at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, to flush the inflammation out of her kidneys did not work, she was told she had to go on dialysis.
Her treatment started in July 2008 at James Cook and she underwent four hours of dialysis three times a week, before being transferred to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
She was put on a donor waiting list two years ago and on May 10 she received a phone call to say a donor had been found.
Mandy said: “With me having two other transplants, I have got a lot of anti-bodies so they had to find a special kidney with anti-bodies.
“It was just a shock, some patients have to wait ages for a transplant, but I have been really lucky.”
Mandy had a special visit from her cousin, Andrea Briggs, 37, who she has not seen for 30 years since she emigrated to the USA.
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