YEP Says, April 24: Teddy’s gift is an amazing tale of skill and courage

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THE wonders of medical science, especially when it’s combined with individual courage, never cease to astonish.

THE wonders of medical science, especially when it’s combined with individual courage, never cease to astonish.

In the case of Teddy Houlston, who became Britain’s youngest ever organ donor when he died just 100 minutes after birth, both those factors were paramount in the successful surgery undertaken at St James’s Hospital which saw his kidneys save the life of a patient who was being treated for renal failure.

The remarkable operation in Leeds owes much to the skill of the surgeons concerned, but above all to the courage and selflessness of Teddy’s parents.

Having been told that their son – one of twins – had a rare and fatal condition which prevents the brain and skull developing, they were determined his all too short life would not be in vain.

Jess Evans and her fiance Mike Houlston decided that they wanted a tangible way for their son’s life to be remembered and so decided to allow his kidneys and heart valves to be donated so he could save the lives of others.

The couple, from Cardiff, showed such bravery in making that difficult choice but the fact that Teddy’s organ has given life to another is a source of considerable comfort to them – and they rightly hope it may inspire other parents presented with such terrible news to seek similar solace.

Building the new face of Leeds

GIVEN how successful it has been, it’s strange to think that it took Leeds so long to build a dedicated arena for music and major events.

The arena is a major step forward for the city and has now also been hailed for the quality of its design, winning an RIBA Yorkshire Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

As a building that combines function with an eyecatching design, it is a worthy winner, as, at the other end of the size – and budget – scale, is the extension to the Leeds College of Music entrance.

Both show that modern architecture doesn’t have to be drab and predictable.

Bernard Kenny, the man who risked his own life to try and save MP Jo Cox, has died.

YEP Says: Bernard Kenny, a real national hero