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ASK AND KNOW YOUR LOVED ONES' DONATION WISHES
Would you know what to say if asked "Did they want to be an organ and tissue donor?"
Kate, aged 28 years, knows how important it is for families to know the answer to this question.
Kate was born with a genetically inherited disease, cystic fibrosis, which caused her lungs to deteriorate from an early age.
Her doctors told her she had less than two years to live and would require a double lung transplant to survive. Kate was placed on the transplant waiting list. During this time, when she was not in hospital she was house bound and spent most of her day connected to oxygen, which was extremely difficult given she had always maintained a relatively normal and active life.
After receiving a double lung transplant Kate awoke from surgery knowing that this was the first day of the rest of her life. She is forever thankful to the donor family for giving her, and her family, a life-changing second chance at life. Because they had discussed each other's donation wishes, her donor family could confirm their loved one's wish to save a life. Her life.
Kate's story emphasises the importance of having that conversation with your family and close friends. It's a conversation that will help you be prepared, should you ever be asked to confirm a loved one's donation wishes. It will also help your family to be prepared should they ever be asked to confirm your wishes. It's a conversation that could one day save lives.
"More Australians are discussing organ and tissue donation with family members and 72% believe that their family knows their donation wishes. At the same time, only 57% of Australians actually know the donation wishes of their loved ones," said [spokesperson for your organisation].
"In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased. Families that have discussed and know each other's donation wishes are more likely to uphold those wishes."
To help encourage more Australians to discuss organ and tissue donation, [organisation] will be [insert details of any activities your organisation may be involved in during DonateLife Week or O Week including date, venue and booking details].
For more information visit the DonateLife website.