Herd of Hope
Megan McLoughlin received a double transplant (kidney/pancreas) in 2010. A month later she met her husband Mark and they have two kiddies Sam and Ella. Why cattle? It's what she knows her family does best. Having grown up with type one diabetes in rural SA Megan can vouch for the importance of health services in country areas let alone the absolute gratitude to get an organ transplant. Wanting to show the positive effect organ and tissue donation has had in Australia, what better way than rounding everyone up on one of our nation’s most iconic landmarks.
Who can become an organ and tissue donor?
- Almost everyone can help others through organ and tissue donation.
- The governing factors are where and how a donor dies and the condition of their organs and tissues.
- While your age and medical history will be considered, you shouldn't assume you're too young, too old or not healthy enough to become a donor.
- All major religions support organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
- Older Australians and people with chronic health conditions can be donors. Only a few medical conditions preclude donation of organs.
- People can also donate a kidney or part of their liver while they are still alive, though this is usually restricted to those wanting to transform the life of someone they know.
A donor's gift and a patient's hopes are in good hands. Australia has a world class reputation for successful transplant outcomes.
It is important to know that in Australia the family of every potential donor will be asked to confirm the donation decision of their loved one before organ and tissue donation for transplantation can proceed.
Some families have discussed organ and tissue donation and may already know their loved one's donation decisions. Other families who have not discussed donation will also need to make a decision about whether their loved one will becomes a donor.
For more information, visit: https://register.donatelife.gov.au/