Eastbourne Kidney Transplant Teen Visits Parliament

Thursday 9th March 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Caroline Ansell & Jakob

MP Caroline Ansell invited Eastbourne Kidney transplant teenager Jakob Desautels to Parliament yesterday (8 March) so he could watch Prime Minister’s Questions.

Jakob, 14, received his transplant on his birthday last month and is doing so well he could pop over the road from hospital to the House of Commons to meet with Caroline who organised for him to see Theresa May in action.

Jakob hit the headlines in December when his mother Jeni feared Southern rail strikes could impact his treatment at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

“It was a pleasure to see Jakob is recovering well and was able to come to Parliament to meet me and see PMQs,” said Caroline.

“I have been in contact with Jeni and, as soon as I heard Jakob is mad about politics and PMQs, I invited him over to take a seat to watch the exchanges.

“It’s super news his transplant seems to have gone well and, amid all the challenges to our NHS, it's good to remember the everyday miracles delivered by advances in technology and by the dedication of our doctors and nurses, plus the truly life-saving gift of donors.

"This is a happy ending and I wish Jakob and his family all the best in the future where perhaps a career in politics beckons for him?”

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