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The Transplant Story: A Personal Journey



The Menzies School of Health Research, with funding from Amgen Australia, produced a documentary of the real-life story of an Indigenous man facing kidney failure and the implications of a live kidney donor transplant. The aims of the project were:

Documenting this journey served two key kidney education purposes:

Filming commenced in early 2013 and followed the family as they negotiated the health system. It covered the sensitive discussions between family members and health professionals; the transplant operation; recovery of the donor and recipient; and the patient's return home to the Kimberley.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research


Gillian Gorham
Project Manager
Menzies School of Health Research
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8946 8600 (Reception)
Fax: (08) 8946 8464

Related publications

Menzies School of Health Research (2016)

Mother's Day.

: Menzies School of Health Research

Mother's day is a documentary made in response to a request from a young man who wanted to show the impact of kidney disease on Aboriginal people from remote areas. When Ronald Morgan (Ronno) was four years old, he became the first Aboriginal child to receive a mother to child kidney transplant. Twenty four years later that kidney failed and Ronno was facing the prospect of relocating thousands of miles away from his home and family in order to commence dialysis.

Menzies School of Health Research has filmed and documented his real-life journey showing what it means to face kidney failure, being displaced from community and separated from family and the challenging processes associated with kidney transplantation.

Ronno hoped this documentary would assist other Aboriginal patients and their families develop a better understanding of kidney health, available treatment options and how to engage with and negotiate the health system.

The documentary was made by award winning film maker Brendan Fletcher and Paul Bell who have a long standing relationship with the Morgan family.

Filming commenced in early 2013 and followed Ronno on an often tumultuous journey, as his clinical condition and treatment requirements dictated his movements between his home community of Wyndham and Perth, Western Australia.

On Mother's day in 2014 Ronno received a deceased donor kidney transplant, providing a bitter sweet end to this documentary.

Abstract from Menzies School of Health Research


Last updated: 5 June 2017
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