A MAN from Urmston is celebrating 10 years of a successful lung transplant that saved his life.

Enda Purcell, aged 49 was put on the transplant list in March 2007 with lung fibrosis, a condition in which the lungs become scarred and breathing becomes increasingly difficult.

He was using cylinders of oxygen and could not walk very far without losing breath and in October 2007 at 8:20pm he received the call for the transplant and was wheeled into the operating theatre at Wythenshawe hospital by 11.30pm

He said: “Without the op, I would have died within a month, that is why I am so grateful to my donor family in Scotland, for giving me a second chance at life, and would urge people to sign the organ register.”

Enda worked in financial services and was a DJ/kids entertainer prior to the operation, but since has had to reorganise his life and stop his DJ/kids entertaining career due to risk of infection.

He said: “ I have to take anti-rejection drugs every day, to stop my body rejecting my new lung - along with various other medications – a total of 57 tablets a day."

In 2012, Enda developed chronic kidney disease and in 2013 it deteriorated meaning he was put on a special low potassium diet meaning he has had to stop eating the foods he loves.

But this year he says has been the worst: “I was admitted to hospital very early in the year with suspected Sepsis, which turned out to be a dual infection in the lung and kidney.

“My kidney issue has remained, resulting in me being one step away from dialysis, and a short holiday in MRI, in August, and now I need a kidney biopsy. But i always say, any life is better than no life.”

Since his transplant, Enda has done several charity fundraisers and raised about £5,000 for Wythenshawe Transplant Unit.

On November 24, he will be hosting a party for the big milestone. It will be held at Moss Vale pub in Lostock Road, Urmston 8pm - 12am.

There will be guest artists, including Enda as Little Ali G. There will be a raffle with prizes including: a week’s holiday and a virtual reality headset. 50 per cent of the raffle funds will be donated to Callum's fund - to help a young boy have an operation to be able to walk with a frame - not funded by NHS.)

There will also be an auction with prizes such as a signed Manchester United ball and shirt and signed Manchester City shirt.

Tickets cost £5 and can be bought from Enda on 07570806643.

He said: “Looking back, I am just glad to be here, and proud to say I told the grim reaper "you're ugly, and I wouldn't be seen dead with you!"

“Proceeds will go to Wythenshawe Transplant Unit - without them I would not be alive, what price a life?”

Although Enda only works with one lung, depending on results of his biopsy, he hopes to be able to start training for the British Transplant Games in Birmingham in August.