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PUD IT THERE! Kidney swap boy who can now eat choc pudding and live normal life meets donor who made it possible; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: TRACEY KANDOHLA

A KIDNEY transplant boy given the gift of life by a stranger told his hero: "Now I can eat chocolate pudding - and go for a wee."

Thrilled Matthew Pietrzyk, 11, yesterday met donor Edward Batch for the first time since his operation.

He told him how excited he was to be finally devouring his favourite treat, which was banned when he was having constant dialysis, and be able to have a bathroom visit.

And brave Matthew added: "I'm a normal person - and it feels amazing."

He told the Mirror: "Edward is my real-life super hero. He has given me my life back and I'll never be able to thank him enough.

"I can eat and drink nice things. I have to have four litres of fluids a day, but at least I can use the loo for a wee now."

Matthew and selfless dad-of-three Edward greeted each other with a hug as they were reunited, before travelling to London to share their inspirational story with viewers of ITV's This Morning show. Marathon runner Edward, 39, of Hinckley, Leics, told the youngster: "You're looking well. How are you feeling? It's good to see you again." He explained: "Why would I give my kidney to a complete stranger? I don't know. It's just my nature. I just thought, 'I've got two kidneys, someone else can have one'."

Edward is recovering well after his left kidney was cut out in a three-hour op at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital then transplanted into Matthew at the Children's Hospital

He said: "I've had to make sacrifices and I've suffered pain, but I'm doing OK. I couldn't have helped anyone more deserving."

Before receiving his new kidney, Matthew spent 12 hours each night hooked up to a noisy dialysis machine in his bedroom at home in Glenfield, Leics.

Mum Nicola, 37, is urging the public to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

She said: "Please help. Three people are dying every day in Britain while they wait for much-needed organs."

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"Please help. Three people die every day waiting for organs NICOLA PIETRZYK MATT'S MUM APPEALS

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HAP-PEE DAYS Matthew and Edward yesterday, and, inset, in hospital

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