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Organ transplant patients praise 'hero' donors during DonateLife Week

26 July 2022

With thanks to ABC Capricornia’s article by Rachel McGhee

​​A few short years ago, John Hammond was lying in hospital saying a tearful goodbye to his loved ones. 

It was 2019 and the 49-year-old from central Queensland was dying from early-onset liver failure - until an organ donor saved his life, with the gift of a new liver.

John’s liver transplant was performed at PA Hospital with many months of recovery in Intensive Care and Ward 4B-Transplant.

"Not everybody gets a second chance - and us transplant recipients, we do get that opportunity," Mr Hammond said.

"It really, really is a gift that people register to be an organ donor so that they can help people like me … to get a second chance at life.

At 51, Mr Hammond, who has a rare hereditary condition of the liver and lungs called Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), is once again on a waiting list for a double lung transplant.

"Everything's a struggle, from sort of walking to showering to really just doing day-to-day tasks. It's hard work," he said.

It is rare that someone needs an organ donor twice in their lifetime and Mr Hammond is holding on to hope he'll be given a third chance at life.

This DonateLife Week, he is urging all Australians to take the chance to be a hero in death and register to be an organ donor.

"During life … you don't get to be a hero, as we like to imagine in dreams or whatever, but when you pass you've got this opportunity to make an enormous difference to someone who's clinging to life on the transplant list, to give someone a second chance," he said.

"Whether it be a five-year-old child or a 50-year-old man like myself, we all want to live so please register on the organ donation list."

  • 1,750 Australians are "clinging to life" on the organ transplant waiting list
  • This DonateLife Week, it is hoped more than 100,000 people will register as organ donors
  • One organ can save up to seven lives and help many more through eye and tissue donation

You can read the full ABC article on organ donation here.

Last updated 26 July 2022
Last reviewed 26 July 2022

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