A MACOSQUIN man, who owes his life to a kidney transplant a decade ago, has had his beard shaved to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.
Grandfather Jimmy Moody was on dialysis for more than seven years before he received an early morning phone call to say a long-awaited transplant operation at Belfast's City Hospital could finally go ahead.
Looking back, the 68-year-old said: “The person who is the nearest match gets the kidney; I was fortunate, others who had also been waiting as well were disappointed. At times like that you realise money isn't important at all and your health is truly your wealth.
“I used to play a lot of sport and when my left ankle started swelling up I thought it was an old football injury. I later discovered my kidneys were too small and a transplant was the only option.”
The retired plumbing and heating supplies manager reflected: “I was able to work every day while on a dialysis machine at home from 10pm until 6am. It just became part of my life and I could even go swimming.
“It's ten years now but, when I get up every morning, I still count by blessings, when I think of the other people who have been in the same dilemma and not so fortunate.”