Donate Pride. DonateLife.
Max Primmer certainly doesn’t let life drag him down! The 68 year old from Daylesford, Victoria received a kidney transplant that saved his life. He now lives life to the absolute fullest, bringing his drag alter-ego, Di Alysis, along with him.
A calcium build up in Max’s bladder caused his kidneys to fail quite suddenly. Doctors think it was building for about ten years, but his body had just adapted. At his sickest, Max was in hospital on a dialysis machine for four hours a day, three days a week.
Max was lucky enough to get the ‘magic call’ that a kidney was available for him in March 2012.
‘It’s absolutely amazing what I can do now, I have so much energy,’ Max says of his life post-transplant.
Max has become a local hero, attending Chill Out Festival in Daylesford every year dressed as Di Alysis. The idea for Di came to him after his transplant, as a way to pay tribute to his donor for the incredible gift they gave him.
‘Thank you will never be enough. The best way to honour my donor and their family is by living life to the fullest. I want to do as much as I can, while I can.’
Di is one of the faces of DonateLife Week, the national campaign to register more Australians as organ and tissue donors. This year DonateLife Week is from 29 July – 5 August.
In 2017, 1,402 Australians received a life-saving transplant thanks to the generosity of 510 deceased donors and their families.
DonateLife Victoria State Medical Director, Dr Rohit D’Costa, says that while donation numbers continue to improve, having more Australians discuss donation and register their decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register will allow for even more lives to be saved.
‘While 81% of Australians believe that registering is important, only one in three have joined the register,’ he said.
‘Families almost always say yes to organ donation when their loved one has registered and discussed their wishes.’
Thousands of Australians are living their lives to the fullest because of the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their families. Download the supporter’s kit at donatelife.gov.au to find out how you can help to raise awareness this DonateLife Week.
Register as an organ donor in less than a minute at donatelife.gov.au. All you need is your Medicare card.
DonateLife VIC coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across the state. It works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical and nursing specialists to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to increase donation rates.