Hero finalist gave up drinking to donate half his liver to his dad
He even sent out Snapchats from the hospital
A brave third year cut out the booze to save his dad’s life by giving him half his liver.
Hero Bristol Zoology finalist Deraj Wilson-Aggarwal, 21, “jumped at the chance” to help his dad Naresh get through a life-threatening operation.
Naresh caught hepatitis C from a blood transfusion, which led to liver cirrhosis and eventually cancer –– but was cured by Deraj’s brave gesture.
Now Deraj reckons he feels healthier than ever after kicking the booze and saving his Dad’s life.
Deraj told PA: “We found out the risk was too high for my brother to do it, I was straight in there.
“I had stopped drinking anyway as soon as I found out there was a possibility I could donate.
“From then on I was basically badgering my brother to let me do it.
“Being a student, it was obviously a bit of a change, but it’s also led me to focus more on my studies and other things apart from my life revolving around the student lifestyle of drinking.
“It has actually made me healthier overall.”
Brother Jared, 25, documented the whole experience on his blog from when his brother and dad started tests all the way through to the operation itself.
He wrote: “On June 17th 2015 my brother became a hero.
“At the age of 21 he put his life on hold to donate his liver to our dad who was suffering from cancer.
“This selfless act will hopefully extend our dad’s life by over five years.
“To say I was proud would be an understatement, for my brother has shown true bravery throughout the entire process of donation from the initial assessments, to the dawn of the operation and finally the recovery which involved four days in intensive care.”
Speaking out about the life-saving operation, Deraj’s Dad Naresh said the operation had cured his haemophilia and cancer and he hoped to eventually be able to have further treatment on his hepatitis C.
He said: “My extreme gratitude goes not only to the health service, the medical, surgical and nursing teams but in particular my two sons who are my heroes.
“At their tender young age they were willing to risk so much to give me another lease of life. I am extremely lucky and treasure the gift of life I have been given.”