The dad of an Arbroath boy who had a life-changing liver transplant says it is the best Christmas present the family could have asked for.
Seven-year-old Kenzy Oliver was born with a rare liver condition and was placed as a high priority on the transplant list in September.
A week ago, his parents Michelle and Nicky received the long-awaited call to say a matching liver had been found.
Kenzy and his mum and dad were rushed down to King’s College Hospital in London by air ambulance for the transplant operation.
The youngster had the life-altering surgery in the early hours of Saturday morning.
His dad described Kenzy as “a good fighter”.
He added: “The first thing he asked for when he woke up is some juice, so that has got to be good.
“It’s the best present any family could get. Unfortunately, someone has to go through the worst Christmas.”
Kenzy is currently being kept sedated and on a ventilator to help with his breathing within the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU).
His dad said it was hoped he would soon be moved to Rays of Sunshine Ward, which specialises in treating children with liver conditions.
Nicky said he and Michelle would like to find out who the family of the liver donor is and will be giving a letter to Kenzy’s transplant co-ordinator for them to pass on to the family.
He said: “It would be nice to be able to say thank you.
“They have given us the best gift possible at such a difficult time. If they want to stay anonymous we respect their wishes.”
The family don’t know how long Kenzy will be in hospital for but expect they will be spending Christmas down in London.
Nicky said: “It could be a couple of weeks, it could be a couple of months, we just don’t know yet.”
He will be travelling back to Angus next week to pick up Kenzy’s siblings Tyler (12) and Skye (5), so they can see their brother over the festive period.
Nicky said: “We want to be together for Christmas.”
Kenzy has biliary atresia, which is when inflammation develops within the bile ducts around the time of birth.
The inflammation can occur in any of the bile ducts both inside and outside the liver and this leads to bile duct damage, reducing the flow of bile, which causes scarring of the liver.
Earlier in the year, a breathing problem was brought on by his condition and as a result Kenzy had to go on oxygen 24 hours a day and was placed as a high priority on the liver transplant list.
If you’d like to keep up to date with how Kenzy is recovering after his transplant his family have set up a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Kenzyoliver/