Susi Daunton undergoes kidney dialysis at the Tweed Hospital.
Susi Daunton undergoes kidney dialysis at the Tweed Hospital.

Susi's long wait for gift of life

SUSI DAUNTON’S dream of seeing her two young grandchildren reach adulthood will only become a reality if more people consider organ donation.

The Stokers Siding grandmother, who was diagnosed with a genetic kidney condition 21 years ago, yesterday urged families to make a conscious effort to discuss organ donation in the hope it will give her a second chance at life.

“The issue of organ donation is a really hard decision for many people to make, but the gratitude of getting a donated organ is immeasurable,” she said. “If I was given a second chance I would be forever grateful.”

The 65-year-old is among 1700 Australians on the national organ donation waiting list, and of those more than two-thirds require kidney transplants.

Ms Daunton has been on the waiting list for three years, despite new figures showing an increase in organ donation rates on the NSW North Coast.

Just one year after Donate Life NSW launched a campaign to target organ donation, the number of people from the region who donated organs rose from two to five, helping NSW figures jump by 40 per cent from last year.

Donate Life NSW medical director Dr Jonathan Gillis will visit Lismore Base Hospital today at 10am to acknowledge the support of North Coast Area Health Service medical staff in improving organ donor rates.

Until her number is called, Ms Daunton hopes organ donation levels will continue to rise, but cautioned this would only happen if people continued to champion the issue.

“Campaigning and awareness is growing, which is good to see, but the more campaigning we do the more discussions families will have and the more people it will save,” she said.

For information on becoming an organ donor visit: www.donatelife.gov.au.



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