Organ donation gives Maureen the gift of sight
OXLEY Park resident Maureen Cahill has been given the gift of sight after a successful organ transplant.
At almost 80, Mrs Cahill found herself in need of a cornea transplant after losing her sight last month.
Surgeon at the Sydney Eye Hospital, Professor Stephanie Watson, said Mrs Cahill had developed an untreatable infection and a hole in her eye.
“Maureen was not responding to antibiotics — the only solution was to transplant,” Prof Watson said.
Thanks to the cornea donor, Mrs Cahill now has vision that allows her to function.
After the transplant Mrs Cahill received a letter from the donor’s mother (who remains anonymous due to legal requirements) revealing how glad she was that her son’s donation helped her.
Mrs Cahill said she would be forever grateful for the gift.
“The transplant has allowed me to go back to living normally and independently. I owe the donor everything,” she said.
In light of organ donation awareness day last week, Prof Watson encouraged Australians to become organ donors.
“Australia has a steady supply of donors but it is still something we need to encourage and support, to give someone the gift of sight is an amazing thing,” he said.
To get more information about organ donation visit donatelife.gov.au.
Maureen Cahill recently received a cornea from an organ donor.