News

Father gives his daughter a new lease on life

Anthony Felschow donated one of his kidneys to his daughter Jessica on September 11. Photo: Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily
Anthony Felschow donated one of his kidneys to his daughter Jessica on September 11. Photo: Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily Darryn Smith

CABOOLTURE'S Jessica Felschow looks set to recover from kidney disease and live a long and happy life, thanks to the bravery of her dad, Anthony.

The 15-year-old was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome when she was just two years old, and it left scarring around her capillaries and caused her to not process protein properly.

Inevitably, her kidneys failed and she started dialysis in September last year.

Anthony said he knew since Jessica was first diagnosed that she would need a kidney transplant eventually and he was happy to be the one to provide it.

"It was an easy decision," he said.

"No second thoughts at all whatsoever.

"It was one of the most emotional things I've done in my life.

"I feel really good about it now."

The September 11 operation was a success and Jessica has recovered much faster than expected.

There's a good chance the kidney coming from her father played a big part in this.

"Getting a kidney from a live donor particularly one who's related to you gives you the best chance," Anthony said.

"She just went ahead in leaps and bounds."

"The kidney was working straight away and all the tests are coming back good."

For Jessica, the surgery was absolutely life-changing.

She was on dialysis six nights a week, meaning sleepovers, friends' parties, salty food and sport were all off the table.

Even swimming was a no-go thanks to the necessary tubes - torture through a hot Queensland summer.

Jessica still has to steer clear of processed foods but otherwise looks set to live a normal life.

There's one more heart-warming chapter in this already touching story, the generosity of the Packer family, from Packer Leather.

Anthony hadn't earned enough sick pay to cover his six-week absence from work but Packer Leather paid him for the whole time when they didn't owe him a cent.

To add to this, the Packer family and many of the company's workers got together to give the Felschows "quite a large sum of money" to help with the recovery.

"I'm really grateful for the people I work for and with," Anthony said.

"A lot of people from day shift I've never met and they've put this money in from their own pockets.

"You see these things on TV shows but when you experience it yourself it's a true blessing."


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Prison guards make a stand

WALK OUT: Together Union delegate Jason Hunt with Woodford Correctional Officers.

Together Union is in talks with State Government following a strike

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal Morayfield crash

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Police wish to speak to anyone travelling on road at time of crash

Calum’s up to the challenge

GETTING QUICKER: Calum Jones raced  his Toyota 86 for Enzotech Motorsport an Winton at the  weekend.

Calum fisnishes in the middle of the pack in Round One of 86 Series.

Latest deals and offers

‘There’s no way I’d get into a rehab’ man tells court

The man said he could live with his parents but the judge said it was rehab or nothing and if he couldn't get a spot he couldn't leave jail.

Prison guards make a stand

WALK OUT: Together Union delegate Jason Hunt with Woodford Correctional Officers.

Together Union is in talks with State Government following a strike

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal Morayfield crash

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Police wish to speak to anyone travelling on road at time of crash

Calum’s up to the challenge

GETTING QUICKER: Calum Jones raced  his Toyota 86 for Enzotech Motorsport an Winton at the  weekend.

Calum fisnishes in the middle of the pack in Round One of 86 Series.

The Voice: Ellen hopes for one of the last team spots

The Voice Australia hopeful Ellen Reed from Caboolture. Supplied by Channel 9.

Ellen Reed hopes to be lucky last for her blind audition

Crime scene set up after man found with serious injuries

A man has been transported to the Royal Brisbane wounded.

A man has been transported to the Royal Brisbane wounded

City’s most eligible bachelors go up for auction

Australia's favourite redhead twins and celebrity bachelors Stevie and Andy Mac will perform and be auctioned off at the Pink Hope Charity Male Auction Gala.

All women need to do is bid for the man who catches their eye

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago