Transplant Voice- The Newsletter of Transplant Australia
Our Story Judith Mather (donor)
and Barry Freeman (recipient)
I decided I could make a difference to
my ailing brother's lifestyle .I had done enough research & had the
appropriate preliminary tests to know I was a suitable kidney donor.
Driving home to
Geelong from Prince Henry's hospital I called by Barry's house and told
him I would like to give him a kidney and suggested we make the formal
appointments to get things moving. He was shocked at my offer but
Such is the miracle
of life; Barry and I were a perfect match for transplant.
uncomplicated, and the recovery powerful, resulting in 25 years of
sharing radiant health. I maintain my advantage was being robustly
healthy...as I am today, I remain healthy and ready for life's
Barry was diagnosed
with diabetes at the tender age of 12 years. There was no history of
diabetes in our family. Our dad was one of eight children and mum is one
of ten. Barry has five children and seven grandchildren-amazingly, no
Living a very full
and active life, Barry grew to own his earth moving business, married
and had children.
His kidney failure
put this very active life on hold.
Dialysis made an
immense difference with the chronic diabetic complexities which had left
Barry so weak he was unable to walk across a room, the treatment could
not sustain him indefinitely hence my decision to donate.
Barry maintains good
health apart from being sight impaired, carries a little weight and has
ongoing diabetes issues.
With the use of his
motorised mobility aid he maintains his independence along with a
supportive family he enjoys Steam Engine Rally’s, learn to dance classes
(not quite ballroom) and is a hands on grandfather living a full and
Thank you Judith for
you lovely story. Barry is certainly looking very well after having a
transplant for 25 years. Many of our members will know Judith as a super
supporter. She has played Golf at the Geelong games, was in Canberra and
also was seen cheering our team on in Sweden at the World Games. It is a
privilege to have her as a member of TA Vic / Tas.
Judy thankyou for sharing
your story- continue to enjoy good health and your golf at East
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