Celebrating 20 years of kidney transplant

In 1998, Teresa donated one of her kidneys to her husband Dom, in a transplant performed at St Vincent’s that saved Dom’s life.

20 years later they are both fit and healthy and visited St Vincent’s with a kidney-shaped cake to celebrate the anniversary of the transplant.

Teresa and Dom were joined by St Vincent’s Nephrologist Dr Hilton Gock who says the couple are doing very well.

‘It’s very hard to find the words, it was a special gift,’ Dom says. ‘I was told the transplant would only last 10 years and now it’s already been double that.

‘I feel well 99% of the time and consider myself healthy and fit. My doctor says he doesn’t know exactly what I’m doing but I should keep doing it.’

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