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BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!

Twanny Farrugia has been ill all his life. He has had open heart surgery, kidney failure, multiple hip and knee ­replacements and is blind, yet he has an infectious positive outlook on life and a wonderful sense of humour.

He was diagnosed with renal failure when he was just 15 years old.

His family migrated from Malta in 1965 and he received his kidney transplant 2 weeks after his 18th birthday in 1971.

Twanny said, “it was the best birthday present ever, to be given the beautiful gift of life”. The donor family were grieving for their loved one but, because of their kindness, they gave me a second chance”.

Twanny’s father died 32 years ago of a heart attack and he was an organ donor so the Farrugia family feel that they have “given back, full circle”.

In 2007, Twanny went in for surgery to have a stent procedure but suffered a heart attack and went on to have bypass surgery.   He said “I am lucky as I was in the lab when I had the heart attack, so I guess it’s the best place to be if that happens”.

Twanny has been attending cardiac reviews at Melbourne Heart Care with Dr Emily Kotschet.

Throughout all of this Twanny remains positive and has a love of life. He spent 30 years doing ballroom dancing and, before he lost his eyesight, he was an avid caravaner.  He walks regularly with his beloved guide dog, Val, and has even tried tandem bicycle riding, given his poor vision.  Twanny says “I don’t often worry about the technical aspects of my life as I have a great medical team.  I focus on the psychosocial aspect of wellbeing, my belief is if I am healthy in my mind, my body will follow through, that’s how I fight all my battles”.

Twanny is due to celebrate his 47th year with his transplant and he is now the second-longest kidney transplant recipient in Australia.

For more information on organ donations please click on the following link.

https://donatelife.gov.au/

 

 

STEPS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19

Thank you to all our patients who have attended our practice so far during the Covid-19 pandemic began. Your understanding and cooperation with new procedures we have in place to protect us all and ensure we comply with government guidelines is very much appreciated.

When attending our rooms you will notice changes such as reduced seating in our waiting room, distancing markings on the floor, protective screens, increased signage on our doors and walls and staff using protective clothing and equipment. Whilst this may seem overwhelming to some, the purpose is for your safety and that of our staff. Please be assured though that our team remain dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and cardiac care.

It is important not to neglect your cardiac health during this crisis and we remain committed to providing all of our usual services.

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle soreness, loss of sense of smell and taste- we advise you contact your GP or local Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND OUR PRACTICE if you have any of the symptoms above – please call our team on 9592 2177 to advise. We offer telehealth consulting so you can remain in direct contact with your cardiologist when you cannot attend.

Other measures we are taking include:

We include the following links for your reference:
https://campaigns.heartfoundation.org.au/covid-19/
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus