Donating a kidney a tick off father-of-two's bucket list

MINUS ONE: Graham Arthur has always wanted to donate a kidney. Next week he’ll be on the operating table.
MINUS ONE: Graham Arthur has always wanted to donate a kidney. Next week he’ll be on the operating table.

New Plymouth man Graham Arthur is feeling fine after one of his kidneys was removed and says he'd happily do it all again.

The 58-year-old father of two and printer at the Taranaki Daily News for 26 years donated a kidney last week, an item he'd always wanted to tick off his bucket list.

"I'm feeling good," Arthur said.

"Doesn't feel like anything's missing."

He went under the knife on Wednesday and was back on his feet the next day. "They got me up on Thursday and I had my first walk.

"That was pretty hard, like doing a marathon."

By Friday he was fit enough to be discharged but will remain in Auckland for the rest of the week for a final test before returning to New Plymouth on Saturday.

Arthur's lungs were affected by the removal of the kidney so he was puffing more than normal, but that hadn't prevented a few walks around Victoria Park.

"I'm getting back on my feet so when I get back to New Plymouth no one will notice anything different."

Arthur said the procedure was easy and without complication. "I'd do it again if I had another spare one."

He had heard the recipient of his kidney was doing well but couldn't give any more information about the person's condition for privacy reasons.

Arthur said he couldn't have done it without the support of his wife, kids and co-workers.

Taranaki Daily News