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Man has 35kg kidneys removed in life-saving operation

20 October 2021 4:19 PM
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Surgery
kidney dialysis
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Warren Higgs

Brit Warren Higgs was given less than a year to live unless he had both kidneys removed

- 54-year-old Warren Higgs from Windsor in the UK suffers from suffers from polycystic kidney disease

- During a life-saving two-hour operation doctors removed what they say are the heaviest kidneys on record


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A British man has spoken of his desire to return to a normal life after the removal of his grossly enlarged kidneys.

Warren Higgs, a former triathlete, was facing certain death unless doctors removed the organs which weighed 35 kilograms.

Speaking to the BBC, ahead of the op Warren Higgs said his kidneys were 'crushing his lungs, making it hard to breathe.

It's crushing my stomach so I can't eat a solid meal, he said prior to undergoing the surgery.

Higgs, 54, suffers from suffers from polycystic kidney disease, a rare genetic condition that causes cysts to grow in the kidneys. There is currently no cure for the condition.

Doctors at Churchill Hospital in Oxford who performed the two-hour life saving surgery say Higg's kidneys were the heaviest on record.

Since going under the knife in July the former accountant has been on daily dialysis and says he hopes to join the register for a kidney transplant in 2022.

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20 October 2021 4:19 PM
Tags:
Surgery
kidney dialysis
kidney disease
Warren Higgs

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