Wait for life-changing surgery ‘toughest part’

NEW LIFE: Kidney and pancreas transplant patient Megan Jonas with nurse consultant Ian Rogers.
NEW LIFE: Kidney and pancreas transplant patient Megan Jonas with nurse consultant Ian Rogers. Alistair Brightman

BEFORE receiving a kidney and pancreas transplant last year, Megan Jonas spent nine hours a night hooked up to a machine and was sick every morning for eight months.

But after the life-changing surgery, she feels like a new woman.

Ms Jonas said waiting for the phone call to let her know a kidney was available was the toughest part.

"I had to carry my phone everywhere with me in case it was that call," she said.

"Every time an unknown or blocked number came up my heart sunk a little."

When the phone call came through from the Wide Bay co-ordinator Ms Jonas could not believe it.

"He said: 'I have a kidney and pancreas for you,' and about four times I said: 'Are you serious?'"

She has returned to university to study nursing and works part time.

Organ and tissue donation nurse consultant Ian Rogers said the number of donations was increasing and reminded the community to discuss the issue.

"We don't really like to talk about death in Australia," he said.

"After you pass it is up to your family to decide what to do so have that talk with them and let them know what you want."

About 1600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists. For more information, visit

Topics:  organ donation

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