Would you donate a kidney to save the life of your child?
When Damien Jordan was asked that question 12 months ago, there was no doubt in Damien's mind that it was something he would do.
Damien's three-year-old daughter, Bridie was born with an extraordinarily rare genetic syndrome Mainzer Saldino Syndromewith Bridie reportedly one in 20 confirmed cases in the world.
I'm 100 per cent committed, I've had to make a few lifestyle changes and lay off the beers for a bit but it's all going to be well worth it.
After a recent trip to Sydney for an operation in preparation for dialysis, Bridie's kidneys began to 'pack it in'.
"About 12 weeks ago we went and since then, we've been on dialysis and have had to spend eight weeks in Westmead Hospital," Damien said.
It was during this visit to hospital that Damien, a diesel mechanic at Wilpinjong mine, and his wife Laura, were faced with the prospect of donating a kidney.
Without a second thought, Damien got tested for compatibility.
"I got checked to see if I could be a donor and it all came back good," Damien said.
"It would have been 12 months ago they asked, and as every parent would do, I put my hand up. I was first cab off the rank.
"I was pretty overwhelmed, they [doctors] set me some goals, I had to lose 15 kilos in two months. I fell just short of that and ended up losing 11, but they were still happy with that.
"I'm 100 per cent committed, I've had to make a few lifestyle changes and lay off the beers for a bit but it's all going to be well worth it."
While Damien admits he's 'very nervous' about the operation, anything he can do to help his happy, bubbly, 'Happy Birthday' singing Bridie is a must.
"If it gives her a better quality of life, it's a risk we're willing to take," Damien said.
"A bit of luck come November 12 it'll be happy days for Bridie and no more dialysis.
"It's still a long road ahead but hopefully it all goes well. It'll be happy days after that."
Way back when the news broke regarding dialysis, much to the Jordan's surprise, members of the Rylstone community got behind the Gilgandra family in an attempt to reduce some financial pressure.
"When it first happened, our friends from Rylstone and the Fire and Rescue guys done some fundraising and were able to make it a little bit easier for us," Damien said.
"It was overwhelming and we want to thank everyone in that community for doing that, especially since we don't live there yet everyone got behind us."
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