Daniel actually talked about his kidney issues in The Year with the Royal Family 2019 programme yesterday (I posted the link earlier in this thread)https://www.svenskdam.se/...en-och-hur-han-mar-i-dag/Prince Daniel about death - and how he feels today
Prince Daniel has lived with his father's kidney for ten years, and in SVT's "Året med kungafamiljen" he talks about how he is doing today.
- Death is certainly difficult to think about. And that's why I think you might want to close that door and not want to dwell on those feelings.
The words are Prince Daniel's, and he tells them because of the fact that many more people need to sign up for the donation register. The queue is very long - and one person can save eight other people's lives after their death.
SVT's "Året med kungafamiljen" met Prince Daniel for an interview, in one of the splendor salons at Stockholm Palace. He sits in a silk-covered chair on the giant carpet in Prince Bertil's old apartment, and it is a very serious conversation - not least when it comes to that spring ten and a half years ago when Daniel was newly engaged to Victoria and his kidney disease suddenly became very urgent.
- I was on dialysis for five-six weeks. Then I was very, very sick and there are no pleasant memories at all. It is an incredibly difficult situation and I am happy to have that time behind me, but when I look back it is also an important experience.
- But then, right after the surgery, I was incredibly lively and felt really good right away, so it was really like getting a new life from one day to another.
A part is filmed during Prince Daniel's visit to the transplant surgical clinic at Huddinge Hospital, where he also tells us how he is doing today:
- Now it has been ten years and I am healthy and feel great. But I do want to be a voice for this issue and support those who are affected.
At the hospital, Prince Daniel met Alexander Rydgren, who a week earlier had received a kidney from his mother Charlotta Tillbom.
- There are few things that are such a big decision, yet so simple, says Charlotta Tillbom.
- Exactly. You would gladly give all your organs to your children, Prince Daniel replies.
- I think of those who are in a queue and all the families who live in uncertainty and who suffer and have a very hard time. I can't think of anything worse as a parent than to have a child who needs an organ they could get if the will to donate was greater. If you ask yourself "Am I willing to receive an organ?", or "Would I like my son or daughter or husband or wife or close friend to have an organ, in the event that they need it?", and the answer is "Yes, I would like to" - then I think it is quite reasonable that you should be willing to donate organs yourself, Daniel says.
- It only takes a few seconds, or maybe a minute, to go into the donation register and sign up. It's about saving lives, and it is so easy to do.