Wayne Garvan says he is lucky to be alive, after undergoing a recent kidney transplant.
The kidney came from his sister Sharon and initially failed to adjust to his body.
“That would have been it for me,” he said.
However fast action by medical professionals in the operating room ensured that Wayne would wake up again.
“They put the kidney in the freezer, washed it up a bit and then reinserted it back in my body,” he said.
“They used different arteries the second time round.”
His father Reg was by his side the whole time. He anxiously waited as Wayne underwent three major operations in four days.
Wayne and Reg were told it was the first time doctors had attempted to reinsert a kidney which had previously failed, in the manner they did.
After a three month stint at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, doctors have told Wayne the kidney is now operating at 90 per cent.
Wayne said before the transplant he felt very tired and now feels a lot more energised.
Wayne was born with reflux which damaged the one kidney he had.
About 15 years ago Wayne had a kidney transplant which was donated by his mother.
When that started to fail, Wayne’s sister volunteered to give her second kidney to her brother.
“She’s an amazing sheila,” Wayne said.
Wayne said he now always has two special women in his life close, as his mother’s kidney is on one side and his sister’s on the other.
Wayne is passionate about lawn bowls and has won five gold medals for NSW while competing at the Australian Transplant Games.
This year Wayne will be a spectator at the games which are on the Gold Coast in September.
He hopes to go to the World Transplant Games in England, 2019.
Wayne would also like to get back into gardening at his house and to start walking around the Camden Haven.