This had never been done in Scotland before and involved cutting more than half of Jens liver out, and transplanting it into Dan. The liver is able to regenerate after transplantation, making it possible for a healthy person to donate part of the organ.
After months of consultations and tests, the live operation went ahead on January 16, 2008, at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The operation was a success and it's been 8 1/2 years since, and they both doing great.
Since then they been trying to raise awareness about organ donation and how you can let your family know your wishes if you want to be a donor.
Read more: http://www.donor.co.nz/
While still in the UK veterinary nurse Jen, won a Sunday Mail Great Scot Unsung Hero award in 2008 after being nominated by Dan who had to keep it a secret from Jen who was part of a large London theatre audience.
Another slide showed the Editors son (if you use your imagination) when Dan & Jen were touring Canada in a big Red SUV.
Dan admits his philosophy has always been to cram as much into life as possible. He said: “Being diagnosed with PSC changed his life and he was determined to do as much as he could while he was healthy, which got him travelling in the first place and led me to meeting Jen – the best thing that’s ever happened to him.”