It’s the waiting game for Michael

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A Deeside teenager who was due to have a kidney transplant from his mum in the autumn is unlikely to have the operation before next year.

Michael Reed, 14, suffers from chronic renal failure. He underwent his first operation at three weeks old and at the age of two, had part of his left kidney removed after doctors discovered it had never functioned and his right kidney was functioning at only 35-40%.

As reported in the Piper in April, his creatinine levels, which help measure kidney function, were very high at the start of the year, so doctors began pre-emptive transplant tests and procedures on Michael, of Gordon Crescent, Aboyne.

His mum, Tula Smout, 38, was found to be a suitable kidney donor. Doctors told Tula they would not let Michael’s creatinine levels exceed 400 and they were measured at 363. But at his last blood tests, his creatinine levels had dropped to 292.

Tula, a former childminder, said: “Things have stabilised and we’re not now looking at a transplant this year. The doctors said ‘Have an October holiday, enjoy Christmas and we’ll see how things go next year.’

“It’s been quite frustrating because of all the build up at the beginning of the year. “What could’ve caused the creatinine rise in the first place could have been a growth spurt, but there’s no saying that the levels won’t have risen at his next blood test. “The longer he has his kidney, the better it is for him.”