ON THE UP: Nev Volker is looking forward to a life free of dialysis following his kidney transplant earlier this month.
ON THE UP: Nev Volker is looking forward to a life free of dialysis following his kidney transplant earlier this month.

Dalby's Nev Volker gets gift of life

DALBY man Nev Volker has a new kidney and a new lease on life.

Nev received the call he had been waiting more than two years for on March 4.

"My specialist said she had a gift waiting for me in Brisbane," he said.

"She said I needed to get to Brisbane as soon as possible. It was a good kidney."

Nev was on the road within 20 minutes and headed into the nine-hour surgery the next day.

"The kidney started working within 10 minutes of being placed in the body. That is a really good sign," he said.

"It's all very exciting. So far, so good."

Nev was released last week after six days in hospital, and will spend the next two months in Brisbane.

He said he while there was still a long road ahead with his recovery, he was looking forward to a more normal life free of kidney dialysis.

"It's the biggest operation I've had in my life," he said.

"It's going to be hard. I want to get home to see my Dachshunds."

Nev wants to see more Australians on the organ donor register.

"I firmly believe our governments need to make it that when you are 18 you are a donor unless you opt out. It would save so many people's lives," he said.

Nev said he wanted to thank his family, friends and the Dalby community for their support during the past two years.

"They're what has gotten me through this. It's exciting for them as well," he said.


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