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The number of Indigenous patients receiving a kidney transplant in Queensland continues to grow with the state’s kidney transplant centre at Princess Alexandra Hospital achieving the milestone 200th Indigenous transplant in September.
Kidney transplant recipient Mota Charlie said he felt proud as a Torres Strait Islander to represent his people with the 200th kidney transplant and was keen to share his journey with dialysis patients and other members of his community.
“Having a new kidney means a lot to me – I can go back to doing the things I used to do. I have made lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep healthy which will mean I can go back to living culturally with my family without the need to dialyse,” he said.
Now that the transplant journey to Brisbane is over, Mota will be embracing the improvements to his life such as engaging with his culture, hunting, being a stronger role model for his children and being able to travel.
“It was four and a half years of constant treatment with my kidney where I had to focus on my health for my family. Now it has paid off with a new kidney – I feel good and strong, so now I want to use my story to help others,” he said.
The targeted interventions implemented in the PAH Nephrology Department over the past two years, including the outreach program and the Indigenous Kidney Support Health Worker, continue to increase the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients moving through dialysis units across the state to a successful transplant.