SOLOMON Mannoun is one of the many children in Sydney who need a kidney transplant.
Luckily for the little boy who is a year-and-a-half old, his father Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun is the perfect match.
Cr Mannoun will be donating his kidney when his son’s weight reaches 10 kilograms.
Solomon was born with one kidney and suffers from kidney failure.
On his one kidney he has multicystic dysplastic kidney which means he has cysts on his kidney.
This requires him to be on dialysis for almost 10 hours a day.
Cr Mannoun said his son’s illness made him quickly change his mind about organ and tissue donation.
‘‘We don’t know why, but that’s what happened,’’ he said.
‘‘For years I used to tick No on my licence for not donating.’’
‘‘It would be a long wait if we couldn’t donate my kidney to him.
‘‘It’s difficult now. I really empathise for families that have to wait a long time.’’
Cr Mannoun encourages everyone to become an organ and tissue donor.
‘‘It’s such a simple thing to do; you can give people life,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s no point in your organs being put into a grave when they can help so many people.
‘‘We’re lucky to be in a country that does these things — so why not go out there and spread the word?.’’
Cr Mannoun is the ambassador for South Western Sydney Local Health District’s recent DonateLife Week.
It was a part of the national awareness campaign to promote organ and tissue donation as part of a national agreement to increase organ and tissue donations.