If you were to die suddenly, would you want your family’s loss to be the beautiful gain of some other mother, father, husband or wife? Would you want your parting gift to be the gift of life to someone else? This is the subject of a compelling new drama on the ABC, Pulse, and also the topic of the moment, because this week is Donate Life week.
Bec Craven, a model from Queensland, is currently sharing her story of living with a donor heart. Without one, she’d no longer still be alive after contracting a mystery virus while on holiday in Bali that attacked her heart.
There are so many amazing stories on the Donate Life website – children who have received liver transplants, adults who can now see after cornea transplants, even a little baby, Allie, who would have died without the liver transplant she received just before her first birthday. But get your tissues ready! The stories are so moving and they always make me tear up. Especially the stories of beautiful brave parents who found some solace in their grief by allowing their children to help others as a final act of giving.
There are currently around 1400 Australians who are in need and waiting for an organ to become available. If you register as an organ donor, your family is much more likely to agree to allow your organs to be used by others. It’s the ultimate gift a human can give.
It’s also a really good idea to talk to your family about your decision, and why you’re making it. Because if the time ever came, it would be your next of kin making the decision on your behalf. Do something amazing today.