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The Menzies School of Health Research with funding from Amgen Australia, are conducting this project to produce a documentary of the real-life story of an Indigenous man facing kidney failure and also consider with his family the implications of a live kidney donor transplant. The aims of the project are:
Documenting this journey serves two key kidney education purposes:
Filming commenced in early 2013 and will follow the family as they negotiate the health system and cover 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
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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