Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Something You Do Always Worry about, and It's an Edgy Time. but I'll Be Looking Back at 2007 as a Great Year for Peter; EVERY Year Has Its Ups and Downs but for Some Families on Tyneside, 2007 Changed Their Lives. LIZ LAMB Looks Back at Some of the Stories That Tugged at Our Heartstrings

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Something You Do Always Worry about, and It's an Edgy Time. but I'll Be Looking Back at 2007 as a Great Year for Peter; EVERY Year Has Its Ups and Downs but for Some Families on Tyneside, 2007 Changed Their Lives. LIZ LAMB Looks Back at Some of the Stories That Tugged at Our Heartstrings

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Byline: LIZ LAMB

LAMPORT FAMILY

For the Lamport family of South Shields, 2007 has been a year they will never forget.

In the summer, the Chronicle reported how mum Lisa, 29, was desperately waiting for a transplant for her six-year-old son Peter.

His sister Katelyn, eight, had had her own life-saving kidney operation five years ago.

Eventually, on November 8, Lisa, and partner Peter, 27, got the call they had waited so long for.

Lisa says: 'We were over the moon about it. Two years is a long time to wait."

The following afternoon, after seven hours of complicated surgery in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, the family were informed that all had gone well.

The Lamports are still adjusting to the new-found normality of their lives, especially after having followed a strict routine for two years.

Peter, a pupil at Ridgeway) Primary School, was hooked up to a dialysis machine for 12 hours a night at home, which controlled his fluid intake and prevented him from doing simple things such as eating normally, taking a bath, and going to the toilet in the normal way.

He shared a room with Lisa because of the amount of equipment he needed.

Now the dialysis machine is gone, young Peter has his own room again, and the family are slowly getting back to normal.

Peter is learning how to cope with daily activities such as eating and drinking in the normal way, which Lisa admits will take time., and meetings have been set up for the youngster with a child psychologist to make sure he learns to adapt to his new life as soon as possible.

"It's early days yet. Peter's body might reject the kidney. But I'll be looking back at 2007 as a great year for Peter once we reach 2008."

BEN TRINDER AND MARK BYWATER

FOR widower Mark Bywater, 2007 was the year that he received the best news he could wish for. In March he granted his dead wife her last wish by adopting her son.

The 29-year-old, of Wall-send, finally become Ben Trinder's legal father two years after Kim, 28, died from a rare form of lung cancer.

Mark and Kim had been together for as long as seven-year-old Ben, who is Kim's son from a previous relationship, can remember.

After she died, Mark was anxious to make sure that what was left of their family stayed together. At an adoption hearing at North Shields family court Mark officially became Ben's father and the youngster is now called Ben Trinder-Bywater.

He says: "This is what Kim would have wanted without a doubt. It was a big concern of hers when she was dying.

"I think she will be sitting up there saying 'well done, you have done it now and he is safe'."

Kim was diagnosed with cancer while she and Mark were planning their wedding. They tied the knot at an emotional ceremony in Paphos, Cyprus, in October 2004, but Kim lost her fight for life just five months later. …

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