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Carrott's wife gives kidney to save her daughter; COMIC AT PAIR'S BEDSIDE.

The wife of comic Jasper Carrott Jasper Carrott OBE (born Robert Davis, March 14 1945) is an English comedian (declaring himself "world famous in Birmingham"). Early life
Born in Acocks Green, Birmingham, he was educated at Moseley Grammar School and later attended Aston University in the heart of
 has given one of her kidneys to save her daughter's life.

Mum Hazel and 24-year-old actress Lucy Davis Lucy Davis (born 2 January 1973) is an English actress. She is best known for playing the character Dawn Tinsley in the BBC comedy, The Office.

Davis played Maria Lucas in the BBC's 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice.
 - the family's real surname - were both recovering in hospital yesterday after surgeons performed the organ swap.

Jasper, 51, had been expecting to spend Christmas at their bedsides. But doctors are so pleased with their progress, they may be sent home today. An insider said: "They are both up and about and, fingers crossed, Lucy is showing no signs of rejection problems."

The actress, who plays Hayley in Radio 4's soap The Archers, developed kidney problems three years ago.

It was at the same time she won her first major TV role, as vicar's wife Maria Lucas, in the BBC's smash-hit costume drama, Pride and Prejudice.

Mum-of-four Hazel, who has been wed to Jasper for 26 years, immediately offered one of her kidneys.

But surgeons hoped to find a suitable organ from a dead donor. A family friend said: "Lucy had not been on dialysis but Hazel was concerned that her condition would deteriorate.

"She was terrified ter·ri·fy  
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.

2. To menace or threaten; intimidate.
 Lucy would gradually go downhill until finding a donor became a matter of life and death

For other uses, see A Matter of Life and Death (disambiguation).

"Matter of Life and Death" was the second episode of the first series of .
 - and perhaps even came too late."

Doctors finally agreed to use one of Hayley's kidneys because of a nationwide shortage of donated organs.

At Lucy's request, the operation, which took place last week, was kept secret.

Fellow stars from The Archers offered to record the show from the transplant unit at Birmingham's University Hospital.

Lucy currently features in a major storyline over her boyfriend, John Archer John Archer may refer to:
  • John Archer (British politician) - British politician, first person of African descent elected to public office.
  • John Archer (Maryland) - Former U.S. Congressman from Maryland.
, two-timing her. Jasper and his three other children, Jenny, 20, Hannah, 19, and Jake, 17, are hoping the family will be reunited at their home in Knowle, West Midlands West Midlands, former metropolitan county, central England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county embraced the Birmingham conurbation and comprised seven metropolitan districts: Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull, , in time for Christmas.

A hospital spokesman said: "A successful living-related kidney transplant kidney transplant
 or renal transplant

Replacement of a diseased or damaged kidney with one from a living relative or a legally dead donor. The former's tissue type is more likely to match, reducing the chance of rejection; but removal puts the donor at risk,
 has been performed on the wife and daughter of Jasper Carrott.

"The operation was from mother to daughter and both women are recovering well."

Kidneys filter out the body's waste products. Without a transplant, a patient must use a dialysis machine.

It is possible to live normally with only one kidney since the remaining organ enlarges to do all of the work.

In a statement, Jasper, who stars in a Christmas TV special of The Detectives on Sunday, said: "This is a private family affair. The family is very happy and I hope that, with the new code of conduct for journalists, the press will be sympathetic to our situation and allow my wife and daughter to recuperate re·cu·per·ate
To return to health or strength; recover.
 in private."

The Brummie comic is fiercely protective of his family.

He has said: "I would always put them first. My wife has been a quite remarkable person and mother.

"We have tried very hard to keep the children out of the limelight because I want them to have their own identity."

Lucy, who has appeared in Casualty and The Bill, trained at the Italia Conti Conti (kôNtē`), cadet branch of the French royal house of Bourbon. Although the title of prince of Conti was created in the 16th cent.  School where she won a gold medal.

She refuses to trade on her father's fame to land roles.

Jasper added: "She has got where she is by her own efforts."
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Author:Chaytor, Rod
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 24, 1997
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