Liver man on the run

Peter shows the scars from his transplant while his wife Elena and daughter Nadia look on. Picture: Elle Borgward d406515
Peter shows the scars from his transplant while his wife Elena and daughter Nadia look on. Picture: Elle Borgward d406515

In October, the Como father of three spoke to the Gazette about his condition- primary sclerosing cholangitis – and his quest to change the perceptions of liver transplant patients.

At that point, Peter had been on the waiting list for 11 months. Four months later in February he received the phone call he had been waiting for.

‘It was 2am in the morning. They called my mobile but I missed it, and then they called the home phone. At that point I realised what was happening,’ he said.

He left hospital eight days after surgery and started walking as much as he could as soon as he was able to.

He said the contrast in energy levels before and after surgery was something he was still getting use to.

‘It will become normal but at the moment it’s a very interesting feeling that I don’t expect,’ he said.

Peter said he just had to make it to twelve months without any complications.

‘Once you pass that they say things look good for a long successful transplant,’ he said.