Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

GYMPIE MAN'S DECADE OF LIFE Discuss Donation with Loved Ones; Ensure Family Is Aware of Your Wishes

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

GYMPIE MAN'S DECADE OF LIFE Discuss Donation with Loved Ones; Ensure Family Is Aware of Your Wishes

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Christine

Harch

REPORTER

christine.harch@gympietimes.com

ONE family's selfless decision to allow their loved one's death to give a stranger life has afforded Gympie man Colin Sallaway a precious second chance.

Colin would never have seen his son turn into a strong, capable young man who joined the air force.

Nor would he have seen his daughter grow into a beautiful young woman now attending university, had it not been for one family's decision to fulfil their loved one's wish of organ donation.

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of Colin Sallaway's successful kidney transplant giving him a second chance at life a and he is making the most of it by embracing life in the way that only those who have come face to face with their own mortality can do.

aI still see the nephrologist every three months,a he said. aI am on a huge package of medication to stop rejection and medication is improving all the time.

aWe (along with wife Karen) still have people coming up to us because they remember the story in The Gympie Times back in 2002.a

Of course Colin has to look after himself and he religiously takes his medication and follows doctor's orders.

aWe've had a couple of overseas trips and went to the Melbourne Cup last year, which could not have happened even when I was on dialysis,a he said.

aWe've always been advocates of transplant and donors and often attend the annual celebrations at Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast.

aIt's not just the recipients who speak at these celebrations but the donor families too.a

Colin and Karen acknowledge the topic of organ transplant and putting that all-important tick on your driver's licence is avery sensitivea because for a family to give permission for their loved one's organ to be transplanted, that loved one has to be on life support. …

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