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Courage rises above all heartache

By Elizabeth

The hardest moments in life are the ones that are unpredictable and the ones you can't control. I was born healthy but at about four weeks old I became sick and was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia -a rare condition in newborns. As a five month old baby I was put on a waiting list for a liver transplant which would end up deciding the fate of my life.

For the following two months I was in and out of the hospital. It was hard on my family because they lived up here in Toowoomba and my parents had to look after my brother and sister who were five and seven at the time. So day after day,my parents watched me deteriorate a bit more.

In all honesty I was dying before their eyes. My parents prayed for that phone call that would save my life, the one that would give me a new liver, a new life. It was Christmas Day. The doctors had given me to the end of that week, and after that I would most probably not have been here. Mum had just sat down to eat her lunch when the phone call she had been waiting for arrived. They had a new liver for me. So that Boxing Day at 4am my parents carried me into the theatre where I would spend the next nine hours. Dr Ong successfully completed the liver transplant.

So that Christmas time brought heartache to one family and joy to mine.Through their heartache of the loss of their loved one, they were able to make the decision that saved my life. Something that would have been so hard for them to do, but something I am so grateful for and something I will treasure for my whole life-something that has made me, me. If it wasn't for that decision to be an organ donor I would not be here, I would not be a daughter, a sister, a friend and so on. So I thank that family every day of my life and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life.

So donate, save a baby that once was like me and help bring joy to their family. But ultimately it's your choice.