Unsung heroes of the kidney community recognised
MARTIN Chambers has been a carer for his wife Lorraine for the past 10 years, attending to her every need while she undertakes dialysis treatments at home.
He was one of the main drivers behind the campaign for the opening of the renal unit at the Maryborough Hospital in 2011 and has helped raise more than $50,000 for the kidney community.
On Thursday, as part of Kidney Health Australia's Operation Angel Awards, he was recognised, alongside clinical nurse Ada Stevenson, for his tireless work.
Kidney Health Australia chief executive officer Anne Wilson said the two Hervey Bay residents were some of the unsung heroes of the kidney sector.
She said Ms Stevenson had earned a "legendary" status among her patients and colleagues through her work in the home therapy section of the Fraser Coast Renal Service.
"She goes above and beyond her job description," Ms Wilson said.
"She makers herself available at all times, visiting patients at home throughout the training process and after the patient has started home treatment."
Ms Wilson said there were nearly 11,000 people on dialysis in Australia and more than a 1000 awaiting kidney transplant. Every day an average 54 people die from kidney-related disease every day.
"Operation Angel Award 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."