Isaak thrives on his dad's gift of life
By HELEN JACK
GIANPIERO Battista and his son, Isaak, are both thriving since a life-saving kidney transplant operation in November 2005.
Gianpiero gave his kidney to Isaak who was diagnosed with kidney failure at birth.
Now nine years old, Isaak has made up for lost time, growing in stature and participating in school sports, something he was rarely able to do before the operation.
"Isaak responded to the transplant really well, growing taller and becoming much stronger," said Gianpiero.
"Isaak told me he had run in a race this week and won, something he never did before.
"He used to be so tired at end of each school day but not any more, now he doesn't want to come home.
"And he doesn't feel sick all the time."
This week is National Kidney Week and Kidney Health Australia is urging Australians to look after their kidneys because once they fail there is no cure.
In fact, two million Australians have kidney disease and don't know it and in January this year, 1394 Australians were waiting for a kidney transplant.
But in the Netherlands the producer of Big Brother, Endemol, have gone that little step further in an effort to highlight the country's long waiting lists for donor organs.
Its new reality show Big Donor features a woman dying of cancer offering one of her kidneys to one of three people awaiting a transplant who must compete against each other for the prize of their life.
Gianpiero said the show was in poor taste.
"I think they feel they are making the show in good faith, but it is still trivialising something very serious."