Kid­ney the ul­ti­mate gift

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Plenty of presents have ex­changed hands dur­ing the 23-year mar­riage of Rob “Bull­dog” and Liz Locke — but a kid­ney from her to him has set a new bench­mark.

Mr Locke, 55, needed a trans­plant be­cause he was suf­fer­ing a form of kid­ney dis­ease which was grad­u­ally poi­son­ing him.

The elec­tri­cian had been con­fined to six-hour-long dial­y­sis ses­sions in the lounge room of their Broome home, four days a week for about 18 months.

To the amaze­ment of doc­tors, the tis­sue types of Mr Locke and his wife were close enough to make the trans­plant pos­si­ble.

“We never re­ally went to the life or death point,” Ms Locke said.

“It was more there was a dan­ger his veins would col­lapse and then you have to have dial­y­sis through your neck un­der su­per­vi­sion in a ded­i­cated cen­tre — that would re­ally take your free­dom away and then every­thing falls apart.”

Ms Locke said she hap­pily do­nated a kid­ney so they could “get their lives back”.

“I wanted him out of my lounge room,” she joked.

“In all hon­esty, the dialysing was im­pact­ing on both of us so this has given us our lives back, mainly Bull­dog, but this has given us the free­dom to live again. You couldn’t go away on hol­i­days — only some­where where there was a dial­y­sis unit.”

When asked if her ges­ture had brought them closer to­gether Ms Locke replied: “We are not a lovey-dovey cou­ple, we just get on with life.

“All I know is he has a got a bit of a pink glow to him now and that’s be­cause of my kid­ney.”

Fol­low­ing the op­er­a­tion in Perth in April, the Lockes have staged a good re­cov­ery and both have now re­turned to light du­ties at work.

Mr Locke, a well-known recre­ational fish­er­man in the Kim­ber­ley town, said he would be eter­nally grate­ful to his wife. “

We will just con­tinue to get on with life as a hap­pily mar­ried cou­ple,” he said.

Rob and Liz Locke with Rob­bie the dog.

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