Day to honour organ and tissue donors
National day to honour donors
Sunday 20 November was designated as the national Australian day to honour organ and tissue donors and their families and to thank them for their selfless gift. While Australia is a world leader in successful organ transplants, there are 1,600 people on the transplant waiting list. In 2014, 378 organ donors gave 1,117 Australians a new chance of life.
In 2005 Katrina and Greg Timms’ daughter Emily was tragically diagnosed with a brain tumour and at the age of five, died the following year. Emily was an intelligent and caring girl and her parents felt that she would want to donate her organs to give life and opportunity to others.
Emily’s donations were limited (as a result of chemotherapy) to her heart valves (used to save the lives of two babies) and her corneas, which enabled two adults to see.
God worked powerfully through Emily during her short life and continues to work through her gifts. Greg and Katrina long for the day when they will meet their brave daughter again.
On 2 May this year, Carey Denholm received an early morning call that a donor had been identified for a life-saving double lung transplant. This meant that Laura and Carey relocated to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and later to a nearby apartment for a four month period.
Today he is infection- and rejection-free while progress and recovery are closely monitored.
It is a great comfort for the Timms family that somewhere two families are more complete because of Emily. Two people who were going blind can now see. The Denholm family continues to be blessed and give thanks for the donation of Carey’s new lungs.
In recognition and thanks for these life-changing gifts, a large chocolate cake with the letters ‘Tx’ (medical term for transplant) greeted the congregation after the 10.00 am service. It was eagerly devoured, particularly by the children and youth.