Daylesford resident and Bendigo radio host Max Primmer grateful for organ donation this DonateLife Week

RECHARGED: Max Primmer is grateful to have received a donor kidney three years after suffering total kidney failure. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

MAX Primmer is grateful to have been given a new lease on life.

The Daylesford resident underwent a kidney transplant in March 2012, almost three years to the day after first going on dialysis to keep him alive following total kidney failure.

Mr Primmer said he went to work one morning in late 2008 feeling a little off and by that afternoon, he was in Ballarat hospital being given the life-changing diagnosis.

He does not remember much of the following two weeks - his condition was so bad that some friends said their final goodbyes.

It turned out the organ failure was the result of a build-up of calcium in his bladder, which had caused infections that ruined his kidneys.

As a result Mr Primmer had to go on dialysis for four hours a day, three days a week for three years, until he received the fateful phone call at 2am one night telling him a suitable kidney had been found. Continue reading
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