My sister
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My sister

By Gaylene

I was only eight years old when my sister became the second person in Australia to have a kidney transplant and the first Tasmanian.

I would like to thank that donor's family for giving my sister a chance at life. She lived for another 14 years though passed away when she was 31 years old. It wasn't from the kidney transplant - it was from cancer.

My own daughter had the same thing wrong with her and we went through many difficult times. I found out she had reflux when I was pregnant with her. You can see that over the years things have changed - technology too. She is now 28 and living with kidney disease, but is managing OK.

One day she might need a transplant, though we will look to see if family or friends are compatible. I am sorry I have no photo of her or my sister.