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Education helps family

By Brooke

Brooke believes that having discussions on organ donation at school, with her family and when she went for her driver's licence made the decision a little less stressful on her family during the decision to donate.

'For me, it wasn't a hard decision to make. When I learnt about organ and tissue donation at school I decided that I wanted to be an organ donor and so I told my other family members my decision. 'Brooke was confronted with the sudden death of her mother, Shelley, following complications resulting from a stroke, when her mum was only 44.

When her family had discussed organ donation in the years prior to her sudden illness, her mother had told them of her wishes to be an organ donor.

When the pathway of organ donation was raised at the hospital, Brooke told her family that organ donation was important and that her mother had wanted to be an organ donor.

'We had a family discussion right there and then and we all agreed. Everyone wanted to honour mum's wishes to be an organ donor,' said Brooke.

'I'm glad we had that discussion because about three years later my grandmother died under a similar circumstance to my mother, also quite suddenly following complications from a stroke.

'We all knew exactly what to do and organ donation was not a difficult issue for us. We knew that Nan wanted to be a donor because our family had discussed it', Brooke recalls.

Brooke says that her decision is validated each time that her family receive a letter (anonymously) from one of the recipients who are so grateful that their life has been saved through organ donation.

'Each year I go to the Annual Service of Remembrance and Reflection and I see what a difference organ donation has made to other transplant recipients, many of whom are children.

'I want to encourage families to have that important discussion and make sure that your wishes about organ donation are known. You too could save someone's life.'