Sunday, June 21, 2009

GOL shoot 3 - Paul and Rebekah

Rebekah is thirteen years old and received a kidney from her Dad, Paul, three years ago.

The Wagnell family actually live in Milton Keynes but decided to come down to London for a day out, so we met bright and early in Regent's Park on Saturday morning...the weekend of Father's Day, so very appropriate. Regent's Park turned out to be a great setting for the shoot - Rebekah was full of ideas for photos and even climbed a tree at one point - bet she wouldn't have been able to do that before the transplant! We all had a lot of fun and it was really lovely to hear Rebekah and Paul's story.

I had never met anyone as young as Rebekah who'd had a transplant so it was really interesting to hear her point of view. There were so many things that I hadn't even considered with children having transplants - for instance Rebekah is treated at the Evalina Children's Hospital but Paul had to be treated in St Thomas' so poor Tina (Rebekah's Mum) had to run between the two hospitals during the transplant looking after them both! Think I took it for granted that Oli and I were in next door beds! We also chatted a lot about the upcoming Transplant Games which sounds amazing and I am hoping on coming take photos and meet people, not to participate in the sports I may add!

Rebecca is a lovely person and clearly has a very close relationship with her Dad. I hope these photos convey this.

Rebekah and Paul

Rebekah and Paul

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