Worker goes under the knife for his boss

The team at G J Smith RoofingThe team at G J Smith Roofing
The team at G J Smith Roofing
A loyal employee saved his boss's life by donating an organ after he was diagnosed with kidney failure.

Owner of Leighton Buzzard-based G J Smith Roofing, Gary Smith, 58, was diagnosed with kidney failure in December 2015. On diagnosis, Gary only had eight per cent kidney function and was immediately placed on dialysis and a long waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Gary’s daughter Kerry explains: “Being Gary’s daughter I offered him a kidney as did my sister Natalie.

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“He felt he couldn’t take our kidney and declined the offers.

“David Flecknell has worked for my dad for more than 15 years and insisted on donating his kidney – he wouldn’t take no for an answer.

“After a year of tests and paperwork they were amazingly confirmed as a match!

“They underwent the surgery in December last year and just last week my dad was given the all clear.

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“He was told by his doctor he has never seen such a quick recovery – David is back at work and we honestly can’t thank him enough.”

Gary added: “It was an amazing thing for David to do, he looked into the procedure and wanted to go ahead with it.

“It really takes your breath away, he basically gave me a chance to live but you can only say ‘thank you’ so many times.”

The family and friends are now preparing for a new challenge in July – to run a charity 5k race for Kids In Action.

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The Dunstable-based Kids In Action is a charity for special needs children with a strong focus on positively transforming young people’s lives.

In total 13 people will be running for the charity – 
including Gary and David.