An Airdrie father of five was given a ‘second chance’ at growing his family after a life-saving kidney transplant in June 2005.
Malcolm Armstrong, 44, was diagnosed with Goodpasture’s Syndrome aged 27 in 2003, a condition that led to his kidneys failing and him starting dialysis – treatment that continued for two years.
Already dad to daughter Emily, the medication Malcolm was on during dialysis made him sterile, meaning family plans had to be put on hold.
However after the successful transplant, the Police family liaison officer then went on to welcome Daniel, 13, Rosie, 12, Eve, 10, and Ben, 9, to the world with wife Michelle.
“If it wasn’t for the decision made by my donor and their family, I wouldn’t be here, or have a future with my wife and kids. Simple as that.
“I think it’s one of the most important things in society. If your organs can be used by someone else when you die then why not give them that second chance.
“It’s the biggest gift you can give someone and it has a huge ripple effect on their whole life, letting family, friends and work life go back to normal.
“Of course, having five kids comes with its challenges, but I love the life we have and absolutely wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Speaking about the importance of sharing your organ donation decision, Malcolm said:
“I can appreciate people might have concerns about the new opt-out system but I think it’s the best way forward.
“You also need to remember to make sure your loved ones know your intentions to be an organ donor because when someone dies, those around you are at their most vulnerable. That vital conversation with your family is what makes sure somebody else can benefit.
“When it comes down to it it’s not about a big heroic, selfless act, it’s just about hoping you can do the right thing by somebody.”