Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Students Talk Organ Donation; Nurse Visits Scots PGC to Teach and Promote Organ and Tissue Donation

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Students Talk Organ Donation; Nurse Visits Scots PGC to Teach and Promote Organ and Tissue Donation

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DONOR heart recipient Stewart Bailey knows all to well about the benefits of a stranger ticking that organ donation box.

Mr Bailey was left with heart damage, reoccurring "mini" heart attacks and strokes after suffering from a rare form of leukaemia and undergoing forms of chemotherapy in his 20s.

He received a pacemaker to correct the damage and to improve his health but this, unfortunately, was unsuccessful and Mr Bailey was placed into palliative care in a Brisbane hospital.

"Because of all of the treatments I had previously received, I was told there was a slim chance of finding a suitable heart," he said.

"I told the doctors to put me on the (donor organ waiting) list to see what would happen.

"Then 271/2 hours later, at 4.30 in the morning, I was told they had found me a heart."

In the 12 years since he received the life-saving heart transplant, Mr Bailey acknowledges his donor anniversary each year.

"Talking about organ and tissue donation is not all doom and gloom," he said.

"Yes, someone had to die for my heart but look at what can be achieved when a donation is made.

"We never want to be in a position to either be a recipient of a donor organ, or to have someone we know donate their organs, but the reality is that maybe you will face these tragic circumstances. …

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