Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Donate Life by Becoming Organ Donor; Your Decision Could Be a Lifesaver

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Donate Life by Becoming Organ Donor; Your Decision Could Be a Lifesaver

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Byline: Jennie Dell Reporter

IT'S A conversation all families need to have with partners, children and grandchildren present a the decision to become an organ donor.

This is Donate Life week and its theme is aAsk and Know Your Loved One's Donation Wishesa.

Organ and tissue donation can save lives a in the case of heart, liver and lung transplants it can happen immediately when a patient waiting for a transplant could die quickly if no organ becomes available. Australia has a very low rate of organ donation compared with other developed nations.

Corneas can restore sight. Kidney transplants can take people off dialysis and back to a normal life. Pancreas transplants can cure Type One diabetes.

Nobody knows the value of a donated organ better than heart transplant recipient, Louise Owen, president of the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce and vice-president of the Lennox Head Residents' Association.

Ms Owen had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy a thickening of the heart muscle, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood around the body. …

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