My sister in law Frances has polycystic kidneys. Her best friend Hilary, who lives in Australia, last week flew the 10,000 or so miles to the UK to donate one of her kidneys. Both are currently in hospital recovering from the operation, which took place during National Transplant Week.
The story made the front page of the Western Daily Press (www.thisisbristol.co.uk – link updated 20 July), and you can read it in full online. It is a truly heart-warming story and, unless you are a steel-hearted monster, may have you reaching for a box of tissues.
I was struck by Hilary’s unselfish nobility of action, and by the strength of support of her own family, who I met at the weekend. It’s a tale, I’m sure, that gives us all cause to reflect on the value of true friendship, and on what we would do for our own friends.