Organ Donation in Australia

Organ Donation in Australia

By Nicholas Everard

Meet Zion Harvey, a 10-year old, American boy and organ donation recipient.

Zion lost his hands and feet when he was only 2-years old, after contracting a life-threatening infection.

Source: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Now, he wants to write a letter to the family of his donor who gifted him two, new hands.

“I want to write a letter to the parents, for giving me their son’s hands,” he said. “They didn’t have to do that if they didn’t want to.”

In the days following the surgery, Zion could move his fingers. Today, he can write and feed himself.

 

Zion’s story has been featured internationally, inspiring people all around the globe.

Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes.

The Australian Government, in association with State and Territory leaders has implemented a nation reform program to lift donation rates.

Known as ‘A World’s Best Practice Approach to Organ and Tissue Donation for Transplantation’, the program will aim to “increase clinical capacity and capability” and “community engagement and awareness.”

Through the Government’s plan, which stands until 2018, funding is provided to dedicated doctors and nurses to work specifically on organ and tissue donation.

These roles include State Medical Directors, Donation Specialists and Donor Family Support Coordinators.

Australia will celebrate Donate Life Week from July 30 to August 6, and signing-up to the Australian Organ Donor Register is encouraged.


 

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