Kidney the ultimate gift
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.