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Australians please become organ donors

By Phil

I am a passionate advocate of organ and tissue donation and know the benefits of donation first hand.

I was working a couple of jobs and life was good.  Then it came out of the blue. One day I was struck down by pancreatitis.

I was in Intensive Care for four days and in hospital for three months.  I had to give up work.

I followed my doctor's advice and things settled for a while.  Then I got worse and was told I needed a kidney transplant.  I went on the transplant waiting list and on dialysis for three years.

Then one day I got the call - and someone's kind generosity changed my life.  I received a new kidney.

I am no longer tied to a hospital or home for dialysis and I no longer feel so tired and sick - there were days when I just couldn't do anything.

I had my transplant at the St George hospital in Sydney.

I encourage all Australians to become organ and tissue donors as one day it could be someone in your family who needs a transplant.

I now speak to community groups through a foundation that I set up called the Gift of Life Foundation to further the cause of organ and tissue donation for transplantation.

I am involved in working with sporting clubs and I organise a celebrity golf day each year.