Viewers were able to see a live kidney transplant surgery thanks to Channel 5’s ‘Operation Live’ so that a dad could save his son.
The father, Daniel donated one of his kidneys to his 33-year-old son Eugene, who suffers from Lupus. Daniel’s organ was removed before the live show, which took place at Royal London Hospital. The two-and-half hour operation showed Eugene receiving the organ.
The viewers were stuck to the live visuals as they were something unbelievable on TV. Scottish presenter Nicky Campbell hosted the show, alongside an expert who explained what was going on during the surgery.
Eugune, has a three-year-old son. He also has a dialysis machine in his bedroom to clean his blood, as the kidneys no longer do it.
Speaking on the show, he said: “I can’t wait to get rid of this machine because, although it is a lifesaver, it’s a burden because it’s restricted the kind of lifestyle I have.
“With the new kidney, I’ll be able to go back to the normal lifestyle I used to have.”
Viewers were amazed by the incredible work of the surgeons, as they took to Twitter to praise them and Daniel, and to encourage people to become an organ donor.
Here are some of the reactions:
Watching #OperationLive with the kidney transplant, my dad went through the exact same operation 13 years ago & his kidney is still working well today! Weird to see it performed live on tv! Everyone should be a organ donor it’s a chance to save/change someone’s life🙌🏼
— Bryony mackenzie (@Bryonymackenzie) April 10, 2019
Well done 👍🏻 to the team @RoyalLondonHosp for delivering high quality care and improving quality of life in tonight’s @channel5_tv showing of operation live, transplanting a kidney must be a difficult task but the surgical team didn’t buckle under the pressure. #OperationLive
— Harley D. Newman (@HarleyDNewman) April 9, 2019
— Al (@WHU_Al) April 9, 2019
The next episode will show viewers a spine straightening, followed by a live brain surgery.