Or­gan do­na­tion gives Mau­reen the gift of sight

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

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.

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