A BRIGHOUSE man has saved his brother's life twice - as well as making medical history - by donating first his bone marrow and now a kidney.
Bob Aaron, 32, of Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, is now enjoying new-found good health after 14 years of illness. And it is all down to his elder brother, Richard.
Richard, 43, of Thornes Park, Rastrick, first acted in 1990 when Bob needed a bone marrow transplant for his leukaemia.
However, a rare and debilitating side effect of the drugs used after the procedure meant Bob's kidneys slowly became damaged and eventually had just one-tenth their normal function.
Richard's organ proved a perfect match and the pair eventually went in for surgery at St James's Hospital in Leeds on Friday March 26 this year.
Both are recovering strongly and Bob again has his brother to thank.
Bob said: "I'm doing well," as he enjoyed a pint on a sunny weekend with his 66-year-old dad Dennis.
"I feel a lot better and have a lot more life, a lot more energy. It's supposed to get even better."
He felt indescribable gratitude to his brother who had to lose two stones and give up smoking before the operation.
"There just isn't words for it. There are just no words."
Bob said he was the only recipient in the world with his condition to receive two donations from the same person.
A flurry of medical papers are being written about their case.
"Richard's the only one to donate twice. All the rest had bone marrow off their brother and maybe a kidney off their father so this is actually unique.
"I have got three kidneys now," explained Bob.
"They don't take one out and replace it. They leave the two where they are."
* The first successful kidney transplant was carried out in 1954 in Boston, USA, by Dr Joseph Murray on two identical twins
* About 2,000 patients a year in the UK receive a life-saving kidney transplant
* If a kidney is lost or removed, the remaining kidney increases in size and can easily carry on the function of two
* Studies have shown that people with only one kidney are no more likely to develop kidney failure.