There are many young Australians who have an inspirational story about organ and tissue donation. Below are just a few of these touching stories.
Christopher's donation story started when he collapsed at school one day from a cerebral haemorrhage. That evening we were told Christopher was not going to survive. Our beautiful, happy, and semmingly health boy would never be coming home. It was unimaginable.
It was in March that I went to see my GP regarding headaches that would not go away over a two week period. Preliminary observations showed a very high reading of blood pressure, and blood and urine tests were also taken. Less than a few hours later my GP called to tell me to pack my clothes and head for hospital as I was in renal failure.
My name is Lauren and I was given the gift of life. I had cystic fibrosis with probably the worst infection in my lungs you could have. I went on the transplant waiting list and waited six months before I got the call.
Brooke was born with reflux nephropathy, a genetic condition that affects your kidneys. Her childhood was filled with medication and doctor's appointments and she had her first surgery when she was seven. A few years ago her doctors thought she might go into kidney failure; she was living on about 20% functionality, and she started discussing transplantation.
The above women feature in Madison's February edition and each have an inspiring story to share.