Clinical nurse specialist Mary Campbell, Dr Michael Lindley-Jones, heart transplant recipient Louise Owen, Mick Thompson (who is waiting for a kidney transplant) and Jenny Grinlington (who is involved with the screening of The Dinner Party) at the launch of Donate Life Week in Lismore.
Clinical nurse specialist Mary Campbell, Dr Michael Lindley-Jones, heart transplant recipient Louise Owen, Mick Thompson (who is waiting for a kidney transplant) and Jenny Grinlington (who is involved with the screening of The Dinner Party) at the launch of Donate Life Week in Lismore.

Giving the gift of life

It's a question you hope you'll never have to answer, but do you know what your loved one's wishes are about organ and tissue donation?

In Australia the family of every potential donor is always asked to confirm the donation wishes of their loved one before organ and/or tissue donation can proceed; a decision that could save somebody's life.

On Monday heart transplant recipient Louise Owen and Mick Thompson, who is waiting for a kidney transplant, joined up with clinical nurse specialist Mary Campbell and Dr Michael Lindley Jones to launch Donate Life Week.

"To remind us to ask and know the wishes of our loved ones we continue to tour the DonateLife Book of Life around cities and towns in NSW," Mary said. "We invite contributions from people to share their experience with stories, poems and pictures about organ and tissue donation, transplantation and waiting for a transplant and hope.

"Transplantation means that a very sick person can return to a normal life again and be an active member of the family, and return to work and community life," she said.

Also at the launch was Jenny Grinlington, who is organising a screening of Paul Cox's new film The Dinner Party in which the director and seven other liver transplant recipients share their stories.

The film will be screened at the Byron Bay Community Centre (SCU Room) on Sunday, March 11, at11am and Paul Cox will be there to discuss the film and the issues after the screening.


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