LIFE SAVER: Promoting organ donation are Scots College boarding head Stewart Bailey with students (from left) Taniesha Southeron and Niamh Whiley and nurse Liz Hill.
LIFE SAVER: Promoting organ donation are Scots College boarding head Stewart Bailey with students (from left) Taniesha Southeron and Niamh Whiley and nurse Liz Hill. Contributed

Heartfelt prayers answered with organ donation

COMING face-to-face with organ recipients is one of the best parts of nurse Liz Hill's job.

As the clinical nurse consultant for organ and tissue donation at the Toowoomba Hospital, it is Ms Hill's job to co-ordinate the donation process and promote the practice across the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.

Last month, Ms Hill visited Warwick's Scots College PGC for the first time.

During the visit, Ms Hill was pleased to meet donor heart recipient and Head of Junior Boys Boarding at the college, Stewart Bailey.

After suffering from a rare form of leukaemia and undergoing forms of chemotherapy in his 20s, Mr Bailey was left with heart damage, recurring "mini" heart attacks and strokes.

He received a pacemaker to correct the damage and to improve his health, but this was unsuccessful and Mr Bailey was placed into palliative care in a Brisbane hospital.

"Because of all of the treatments I had previously received, I was told there was a slim chance of finding a suitable heart," he said.

But 27 hours into being put on the organ donation waiting list, his prayers were answered.

Donate Life Week will be held this year from August 2-9.

For more information about organ and tissue donation visit http://www.donatelife.gov.au


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