Ag­o­nis­ing wait for or­gan trans­plant

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

SOUTH­EAST­ERN SUB­URBS JOHN Bloor re­mem­bers the ag­o­nis­ing wait un­til he heard the news he had a new kid­ney wait­ing for him.

“The per­son was at Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal on life sup­port – they were turn­ing the ma­chine off,” he said.

“There were two of us there wait­ing for a kid­ney be­cause he was giv­ing a kid­ney to each of us.”

It’s been three months since Mr Bloor (63) re­ceived his kid­ney and he’s ex­tremely grate­ful to the donor who gave him a new lease on life.

Be­fore his trans­plant, he had been un­der­go­ing home dial­y­sis four days a week for two years due to kid­ney fail­ure, the re­sult of a ge­netic con­di­tion known as poly­cys­tic kid­ney dis­ease (PKD).

Mr Bloor’s mother had the dis­ease, which is char­ac­terised by the growth of cysts on the kid­neys. It was passed on to three of her four sons.

Mr Bloor’s sec­ond eldest brother Ge­of­frey, who was not af­fected by the dis­ease, do­nated a kid­ney to brother Mur­ray about 10 years ago. His half-brother Kevin Rum­ble re­ceived a kid­ney from his wife Es­ther Rum­ble about five years ago, but Mr Bloor had to go on dial­y­sis while he waited to get a kid­ney from a donor.

He was di­ag­nosed with PKD about 20 years ago, but the dis­ease later led to com­plete kid­ney fail­ure.

Mr Bloor was put on a home dial­y­sis ma­chine, so he did not have to travel to hos­pi­tal four times a week to have his blood cleaned.

Each time he had dial­y­sis it would take him an hour and 15 min­utes to set the ma­chine up and 15 min­utes to get the nee­dle into his arm. He then has to spend 4½ hours sit­ting next to the ma­chine while it repli­cated a func­tion of the kid­neys and fil­tered tox­ins out of his blood.

It took Mr Bloor three months be­fore he could go on the kid­ney trans­plant wait­ing list as there are a num­ber of things to con­sider be­fore a trans­plant can take place, in­clud­ing the age and health of the pa­tient.

Nine months later, he re­ceived the news that a com­pat­i­ble kid­ney had been found for him.

Mr Bloor is cur­rently on med­i­ca­tion to en­sure his body won’t re­ject the new or­gan, but he is now free from dial­y­sis.

“I still have to be care­ful and watch my diet, but it does change your life so much – and the lives of those around you.

“I re­ally do en­cour­age peo­ple to do­nate.”

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