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Proud donor donates kidney for daughter

31 Jul 2019

 

When Trevor Rickett, Carpenter at the Nepean Hospital Campus, learned his daughter was sick and in need of a life-saving kidney transplant, he didn’t think twice.

“It’s a no brainer really – her kidney function was at 10% and her next stop was dialysis. I was very lucky to be a match,” Trevor said.

His 37 year old daughter, Ally, suffered kidney damage during childbirth 15 years ago. When Trevor learned that he was a match for his daughter, he was excited to help.

“I was third time lucky. My wife and Ally’s husband both offered to be a donor, but when all the tests come back that I was a match, I was happy to help,” Trevor added.

To become a living donor you must have good kidney function and be in good physical and psychological health, along with being a blood and tissue match to the recipient. All of Trevor’s testing was done locally, while the transplant was completed at Westmead Hospital.

Both are doing well after the transplant operation in November last year.

“It’s just unbelievable to see her now and how much energy she has. She was always tired and now she’s up and working and full of life,” Trevor said.

“I said she’s not getting any more Christmas presents. That’s it,” Trevor joked.

What a priceless gift indeed.

This DonateLife Week, we encourage more Australians to register to be an organ and tissue donor, and to have a chat about it with their family and friends. While the majority of Australians believe it’s important to be an organ and tissue donor, it's important to take the necessary steps to register.

Find out more about registering to become a donor.