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Donor plea dad says kidney disease news was 'ultimate shock'

As a young, newly-married man with a career in the oil industry and the prospect of starting a family, David Speers had everything to live for.

But the 34-year-old's world came crashing down after being told he had chronic kidney failure, and would need a transplant to save his life.

While looking to buy a new home, Mr Speers - who had always seen himself as fit and healthy - underwent a routine medical examination for life insurance.

It was that examination, in 2009, which revealed he was suffering from IgA Nephropathy, an autoimmune disease that attacks the kidneys.