Maribyrnong | Grant Reynolds
Now, he visits Western Hospital at Footscray every second day for four hours of renal dialysis.
"I went from being fit and strong to this," he said. "Until November I was fine then I started throwing up and here I am, three months later. My whole life has changed. I had to stop work.
I was employing a few people and had to let them go to take care of myself for the time being."
Daniel could be one of the lucky ones: his father is being tested for compatibility and could be a kidney donor. Otherwise he'll join the 1600 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant.
According to the 2011 Donation and Transplantation Performance Report, released at Western Hospital last week, 1001 people received organ transplants in 2011, up from 931 the year before.