Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rob's Grateful for the Gift of Life

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rob's Grateful for the Gift of Life

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When Rob Priebe and "Sidney his kidney" welcomed cyclist Josh Moorman to Gympie on Thursday he not only thought how lucky he was to be alive, but also of the family who donated their loved one's organs, giving him the gift of life.

Six years ago, after experiencing exhaustion for months, tests indicated that not only did the then 64-year-old have chronic renal failure but advanced cardio myopathy as well.

And so began 12 months of renal medication while he "got his heart fixed up", followed by about years of dialysis to keep his kidneys functioning.

For two-and-a-half years he travelled to Nambour Hospital every two days, undergoing six hours of renal dialysis. He then underwent home dialysis for the next 12 months until a donor kidney became available.

"We were always ready to go to hospital as I'm an A positive blood type and there aren't many of us around.

"In January last year, we got a call about four or five in the morning from Princess Alexandra Hospital and they whisked me into theatre and attached my kidney.

"I recovered well and there were no complications."

Unfortunately the anti-rejection drugs also allowed an Adenovirus (correct) he had most likely picked up in childhood, to flare up ten days later.

Rob was rushed to the intensive care unit, where he stayed for six weeks, two of them in an induced coma.

His family were called to prepare for the worst on three occasions, but thanks to medical staff who never gave up the search to find out what was wrong, they came across the cause of his illness.

"It is usually associated with children and sometimes a remnant stays in your system until illness or trauma occur, or in my case, anti-rejection drugs are used," Rob said.

"I've been told there have been four adult cases since 1976, including me. The other three cases were discovered on post-mortem so I'm the only one to survive."

Rob was transferred from the Princess Alexandra Hospital to Nambour Hospital 11 weeks later and home a week after that. …

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