Kidney Health Australia’s CEO Anne Wilson said: “The Operation Angel Award is a part of the National Awards Program which recognises the unsung heroes of the kidney sector – the carers, the patients, doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to support those with kidney disease and to increase awareness of the need to reduce the burden of kidney disease.”
Currently in Australia nearly 11,000 people are on dialysis, over 1,000 are waiting for a kidney transplant and sadly over 54 die with kidney-related disease every day.
Val has been caring for her husband since 2004 when he commenced haemodialysis at the Lismore Base Hospital. Tom has had both of his legs partially amputated and has had significant health challenges since he started dialysis to treat his end-stage kidney failure. To support Tom after a lifetime of never driving, Val learned how to drive a car to take him from their home in Casino to his treatments three times a week. The dialysis unit staff says that Val never expects staff to do anything for Tom that she could do herself. Those that know Val say that her dedication, enduring love and commitment to be by Tom’s side during his kidney journey is truly admirable and inspiring to all around them. She also engages with and supports other patients, carers and staff, by lending a helping hand to ensure patients are warm and comfortable during their dialysis treatments. Husband Tom said that his hardworking and loving wife makes him feel like he is in Heaven already with the care he gratefully receives.
Kidney Health Australia is a national health care charity with a vision ‘to save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease’. As the national peak body, Kidney Health Australia promotes good kidney health through delivery of programs in education, advocacy, research and support: