This is a post I have wanted to share for a while now.
Early in March 2003 I recieved my gift of life, a kidney transplant. I am very lucky. This was the third attempt as the previous two I was not well enough to go ahead with the surgery. Please bear in mind I was a four year old at the time. Key hole surgery had not been found at this time, meaning I have a very large scar across my stomach. My AMAZING donor, my dad, has a large scar from the middle of his back to his stomach.
Organ donation saved my lfe. Before the transplant I was hooked up to a large machiene three times a week. This cleaned out my system which is what my kidney’s should have been doing but they had a very very low function level.
This process would wipe me out. On the days I was not hooked up I would do very little as I had no energy.
At the begining of this month I worked out that this all happened fifteen years ago.
To stop my body seeing this kidney as something foreign I have to take a few different medcations every day for the rest of my life. Between that and being very unwell and in hospital for the rest of my life I will keep going with the meds.
Did you know one person can save at least eight lives but change the lives of more than fifty people.
All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation.
Donors can still have open casket funerals, and organ donation doesn’t cost the donor’s family any money.
If a person is hospitalized, the medical staff provides the best possible care, regardless of organ donor status. Donation is only considered after a patient has died.
It is easy to sign up and takes less than five minutes. You could save a life! We need more organ doners.
I hope this has inspired you to sign up.