Kidney transplant: Tony's story 

Tony talks about his recovery from a kidney transplant and his goal of climbing Mount Everest.

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Transcript of Kidney transplant: Tony's story

When I was first diagnosed with renal failure, with kidney failure,

I was told that I'd probably never climb another mountain again.

At that point mountaineering was my life. That's what I did for a living.

I'd been told I couldn't. I wanted to prove that I could.

I want to climb higher than any previous organ transplant recipient.

I'm going to be climbing to 7,000 metres on Mount Everest.

We've known Tony for a few years

and we've known he's an extremely accomplished expedition leader,

but when he said that he was planning to climb Everest,

that's a whole different challenge in itself.

This is the third anniversary of Tony's transplant

and ever since he had the transplant he's been trying to train hard.

The development and progress he's made has been astounding.

He's been really committed to all the training advice that we've given him.

Legs first, OK? Legs first.

So do three at 75 per cent, bringing it in and out,

and three as hard as you can.

Now three as hard as you can. Go. Push.

(Tony) It is difficult. It is dry and arid.

You are at altitude. There is incredible cold to deal with.

There are cuts and blisters which never get any better. They don't heal.

Having had a kidney transplant, hydration is probably the major issue,

so I'm going to have to take on board

something in the region of six litres of fluid each day.

As we move further up the mountain, that will then involve melting snow,

so everything I drink will have to be melted from the snowfields.

Tony leaves for Everest in a couple of weeks

and the first few days will be acclimatisation and sorting out kit

and then the climb will begin,

and this is where his mental toughness will really kick in.

My training has been quite intense.

I've been training about four hours a day for about six months now.

But what's enabled this is the team at Loughborough.

Their support has been so fantastic.

(Ian) Today has been a battery of tests

which have looked at various aspects of Tony's fitness.

We've monitored his body composition,

also looking at his strength scores and aerobic capacity,

all of which have improved since his initial transplant.

Hopefully this will contribute significantly

to him getting to the top of Everest.

I've been given a second chance to live a normal life

without having to live day to day with a major illness.

For that I'm grateful every day

and every day is like a new and exciting opportunity to me.


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