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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 14:29 GMT
Family kidney transplant success
Kirsty Fleet
Kirsty Fleet fell ill after attending a ball at university in Swansea
A mother and her daughter are recovering after a successful kidney transplant operation.

Student Kirsty Fleet, 19, received her mother's kidney on Monday in a two-and-a-half-hour operation.

Kathryn Fleet, 42, of Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, donated the organ after she was found to be a match for her daughter, who had renal failure.

The University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff said it was hoped that both would be home before Christmas.

Mrs Fleet's operation also took about two-and-a-half-hours during a transplant that was the 100th the hospital has carried out this year.

Live donor transplant co-ordinator Ann Marsden said: "The operations went successfully for both and they are both out of bed.

Kathryn Fleet
Kathryn Fleet was advised to be the donor for her daughter

"They are obviously very tired, but both feel well."

Kirsty hopes to return to university in Swansea after falling ill eight months ago.

If she had not had a live transplant, she would have had to wait more than three years for a donor.

All Kirsty's family could have donated their kidneys to her, including her father, sister and brother.

Ms Marsden said it was hoped that Mrs Fleet would be able to go home before the weekend, and her daughter soon after.

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