Burnley man says ‘thanks for saving my life!’

THANK YOU: Mr David Etherington (left) presents consultant Dr Laurie Solomon with a cheque for �550 (s)
THANK YOU: Mr David Etherington (left) presents consultant Dr Laurie Solomon with a cheque for �550 (s)

A BURNLEY man who was seriously ill for most of last year has thanked the doctors who saved his life by donating £550.

Mr David Etherington (70), of Lowerhouse Crescent, was plagued by two bouts of kidney failure which led to extreme fluid retention and swelling, two deep vein thromboses and two heart scares in 2010.

Now he has given something back to the medical staff who treated him after collecting the money in lieu of presents at his 70th birthday celebration at the Cellar Restaurant in Padiham.

He handed over the cheque to Dr Laurie Solomon, consultant nephrologist on the renal wards at the Royal Preston Hospital.

The cash will go towards funding research into nephrotic syndrome, the disease which triggered Mr Etherington’s kidney failure.

“The NHS in general have been fantastic,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in my treatment and my wife Barbara who has been an absolute rock.”