It is a story of sacrifice in which father and daughter and two strangers are in search of the gift of life.
Abby Colman, 14, desperately needed a new kidney. Hundreds of miles away, a stranger needed the same lifesaving organ.
Time was of the essence for both.
In a South Australian first pediatric kidney exchange, Abby was given a kidney by a stranger to Interstate, and in return the beloved person received a compatible kidney donated by Abby's sane father Doug, 54.
"At first, the Women's and Children's Hospital thought it would be almost impossible for them to find a connection for Abby and the other person who needed a kidney," said Mr. Colman of Golden Grove. "The opportunities are getting bigger as more people get involved, the more complex it gets." (1
"I went immediately & yep, I'll do it & # 39; – I did not think long about it. "
A few months after she was born, Abby was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder that caused the growth of cysts in her kidneys.
Mr. Colman and Abby's Mother Tania always knew that her daughter would eventually need a kidney transplant.
It (the diagnosis) was heartbreaking from the beginning, "Mr. Colman said.
"We had no idea what we were up to."
In the middle of last year, as Abby's symptoms worsened – she felt ill, lost weight, and struggled to eat – she had kidney dialysis and a possible four-year wait (19659003) Tests showed that Abby's parents were incompatible donors and doctors then reported them to the Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program.
"It was a breeze for me, I could do it and we could get a kidney for Abby," Mr. Colman said of his decision.
The loving father gave up a healthy kidney that was paired and gifted with a stranger interstate.
In return, Abby provided a lifesaving kidney to the loved one
In some cases, complex exchange program logistics can span up to eight simultaneous pairs across Australia.
After rigorous testing to ensure that both Mr. Colman – and the stranger – were able to undergo major surgery and survive with a kidney, the surgery dates were set in December.
Within four hours of two simultaneous operations in two states, two kidneys from two donors – Colman in SA and Stranger in NSW – were removed and transplanted into two critically ill recipients.  With so much at stake, the Operations are performed with military precision; precious minutes the difference between success and failure.
In Adelaide, Mr. Colman went under the knife at 7 o'clock, while his interstate counterpart underwent the very same operation.
In the late morning, surgeons at the Mr. Colman Kidney World Cup removed the only male surgery done in the hospital – and packed them on an overland trip.
"They (the kidneys) both came out, they go on ice, they cross paths in the plane and within hours of The kidney that came off the interstate had its new kidney in the early evening of the same evening," said Mr Colman.
Within a few hours, Abby's new kidney began to work and her operation was celebrated as a success. The teenager needs regular check-ups and medications to ensure that her body does not reject the new organ and she will perform a second operation on April 23 to remove her diseased kidneys.
Emotional Mr. Colman said he would give up an organ for a stranger. It was worth seeing his daughter so healthy and happy. "Everyone pats you on the back," he said.
"The first reaction people ask is" why "and then you tell them why and they go" Oh yeah, I would do that too. "We are this stranger Thankful, I do not want any thanks. , , We wish you all the best.
Abby, who has autism and also lives with a benign brain tumor, said she loved spending time with her friends, going for a walk, riding a bicycle and listening to her idol Ed Sheeran
"Abby is learning Just gotten on the bus and she went to the shops the other day, it was great, "said Mr. Colman." She's improving all the time. "