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Months After a Successful Kidney Transplant, 56-Year-Old Man From England Skydives for a Noble Cause

Published 09/23/2023, 2:31 PM EDT

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In the realm of heroes, there exists a special breed—Superheroes. While heroes look out for their community, superheroes go beyond, even at the expense of their own health. One such individual is a man who, just months after receiving a life-saving kidney transplant, took the skies for a greater cause.

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Scott Cather, a 56-year-old, has etched his name in the annals of inspiration. His story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the unwavering support of loved ones. It is also a reminder that even in our darkest moments, there exists a potential for triumph and transformation.

The Journey of Scott Cather


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The man from Auchinloch, North Lanarkshire, was battling through months of grueling dialysis. Scott and his wife, Diane, faced the physical and emotional toll head-on, never losing sight of hope. The turning point came on a December morning in 2022 when a phone call brought news that would change Scott’s life forever. A kidney was available, and it was a perfect match. Rushing to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), Scott underwent a successful journey the same day.

As he began his healing, a newfound determination took place, prompting him to find a way to express his deep gratitude to the remarkable team at the QEUH. He claimed the decision was a no-brainer after what the team had done for him. The facility had given him a new lease on life and he simply wanted to return the favor. “I’d always wanted to do a sky-dive, so after the operation, I said to my wife: ‘That’s what I’m going to do,” he added.

This past summer, Scott embarked on a daring adventure, taking to the skies in a charity skydive at Skydive St Andrews, Glenrothes at the end of July, just 7 months after his surgery. He got to the venue early with his family and the weather was perfect, so his dive went very well. “It was one of the best things I’ve ever done, and the fact I was raising money for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde made it even more special,” he said.


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Dialysis to daredevil: Scott’s remarkable transformation

Scott Cather had been living a hard life. He had been on dialysis for months before his surgery, with no end in sight. Despite forcing optimism, his condition was taking a toll on himself and his family. “Quite simply, it felt like I was counting down to kidney failure,” he said. The adrenaline-pumping experience not only marked a personal triumph for Scott, but he also raised nearly £2,000 for the Transplant service at the QEUH.


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It’s given Scott his life back—and it’s given our whole family a new life. I’ve got a new Scott, and I’ll never take that for granted,” Diane says. Even the staff at Cather’s Transplant Unit could not believe the rate of his recovery. They could not fathom how he went from the operation theatre to taking on the skies in just a matter of months. Senior charge nurse Susan Easson, upon hearing Scott’s charity jump, was initially incredulous. “I can’t thank Scott enough. I’m just so humbled by this wonderful gesture, and I’m so happy for him and his family,” one official said.Scott’s story is a powerful reminder of the life-changing impact of organ donation. Now back at work, Scott faces the future with a confidence born from his incredible journey. He has a deep-sense of gratitude for the QEUH, who have granted him a second chance at life.

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Written by:

Kenneth Soares


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Kenneth Soares is a WWE writer EssentiallySports with a penchant for all things sports. He has previously worked in world news, with a focus on US events and geopolitical stories. Kenneth's favorite superstars include Edge, Rey Mysterio and AEW star MJF.
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