Penrith Press, Australia | Caryn Metcalfe
Mr Hudson, 29, of Cambridge Gardens, received the kidney in April 2001, two weeks after his 21st birthday. Since discovering problems with his kidneys at 10 months, his life had been full of doctors visits.
At 17 he was suffering from gout and muscle problems from the acid in his blood, then at 20 he went on peritoneal dialysis, where fluid was pumped into his stomach four times a day.
It was a blessing to receive his sister’s kidney.
“They did tissue typing and we were a perfect match,” he said.
“Mum was going to do it, but they found she had problems with her kidneys and couldn’t use them.
“I would have been on a waiting list (without receiving the kidney). I would have been on dialysis the whole time.”
In the long run, Mr Hudson was at risk of kidney failure if he did not get a donor.