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As a 2-year-old, Roman Ellul was obsessed with the beach – but heartbreakingly, his condition meant going there was fraught with difficulty.

Roman was born with a kidney problem that required seven to 12 hours dialysis every night, and he had a tube directly into his belly for the treatment. This needed to be kept completely dry.

“All Roman wanted to do was watch the waves, but it was too risky,” says his mum Ellen, from Blackwood, SA. “There were so many things we couldn’t do. I was constantly telling him to be careful of his belly tube.”

By age 3, Roman’s immunity was so low, he was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Ellen and her husband, Jamie, faced an agonising wait – but the call finally came in April 2017.

“When we told Roman his kidney was waiting at the hospital, he asked

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