Life-giving surgery a winner
By NERIDA BLOK
A RARE kidney transplant between Goonellabah father and son, Gianpiero and Isaak Battista, has been hailed a success.
Gianpiero, owner of Lismore's Left Bank Cafe, donated one of his kidneys to seven-year-old Isaak last Wednesday at the Brisbane Mater Children's hospital.
It was a life-saving act for Isaak, who has been dealing with a threatening renal condition since birth.
Rebekka Battista yesterday said it was an emotional time but her husband and son were recovering well after their day of surgery.
Fewer than five kidney transplants each year are done between an adult and a child.
Rebekka said doctors were really pleased with Isaak and how he had taken to Peter's kidney, 'but it will be some time before he is given the all clear'.
"Doctors say it's one day at a time," she said. "There will be sometimes his body will reject it or accept it and they change the medication accordingly.
"He reckons we can open the bottle of champagne on the fourth week."
Rebekka said Gianpiero was tender but also doing well. She said he was clapped into the intensive care unit when he walked over to see Isaak yesterday.
The family thanked the Northern Rivers community for its support.