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Rainham man Ryan Brett taking part in British Transplant Games after kidney transplant

It’s just one year since Ryan Brett had a kidney transplant and he is planning to celebrate his new lease of life by climbing a mountain, running a marathon and taking part in the British Transplant Games.

The 26-year-old, of Solomon Road, Rainham, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2009.

He was travelling in Cyprus with his partner Lucia Bravo when he started to feel ill. The dad-of-one said: “I started getting breathing problems and really bad headaches and I decided enough was enough and came home.

Ryan Brett, of Solomon Road, Rainham
Ryan Brett, of Solomon Road, Rainham

“The next day I went to the doctors and he sent me to the hospital and they started doing tests.”

The kidneys help to control blood pressure and maintain a balance of chemicals in the body which helps the heart, and other muscles work properly.

He was at a party when his friend Jude Keelan offered him one of her kidneys.

Mr Brett, who works at a bookbinding company in Lordswood, said: “I thought it was just party talk but she came round the next day and said she wanted to donate it.”

He had the transplant in March. He said: “It sounds cheesy but the transplant did give me a new lease of life. Before the operation I felt down and I wouldn’t want to go out because I was always tired.

"Since then there’s not enough hours in the day to do things. I just want to go and do stuff – there’s nothing I can’t do.

Ryan in hospital
Ryan in hospital

Next month he plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

In April, he will also be competing in the Isle of Wight challenge, a gruelling 66 mile run, and in July, he runs the 1,500m and 5km at the British Transplant Games in Liverpool.

Mr Brett said: “I want to raise as much money and awareness for kidney disease as possible, to help find a cure.

"I want to show there is life after a transplant, and to grab it with both hands.”

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