Of­fi­cers tell donor tales

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Vera Ber­tola

AS HUN­DREDS of or­gan donors and re­cip­i­ents pre­pare to test their lim­its in a bat­tle of strength and will at the 2016 Trans­plant Games across western Sydney, three St Marys po­lice of­fi­cers are cel­e­brat­ing a sec­ond chance at life after re­ceiv­ing kid­ney do­na­tions.

Se­nior Con­sta­bles Paul Hud­son, Shane Parkin­son and Tony Mascherin share their sto­ries about fac­ing their own mor­tal­ity and com­ing out the other side, thanks to or­gan trans­plants gen­er­ously gifted by their fam­ily and friends. ››

THEY are the three amigos, three work col­leagues with a bond ce­mented in a shared ex­pe­ri­ence of eye­balling – and de­fy­ing – their own mor­tal­ity.

Se­nior Con­sta­bles Paul Hud­son, 34, Shane Parkin­son, 38, and Tony Mascherin, 47, have each other’s backs as po­lice of­fi­cers with the St Marys lo­cal area com­mand.

But the men are con­nected in­deli­bly as or­gan trans­plant re­cip­i­ents, the trio beat­ing an in­evitable early death through the gen­eros­ity of oth­ers.

On the eve of the Aus­tralian Trans­plant Games in western Sydney, the of­fi­cers shared their amaz­ing and in­spir­ing sto­ries.

Sen-Con­sta­ble Parkin­son said his older sis­ter and kid­ney donor, Pa­tri­cia Gib­bons, was his hero. No two ways about it.

He cred­its her with giv­ing him life and giv­ing life to his third child.

“I’d had on­go­ing health prob­lems and I was at dial­y­sis stage when I had the trans­plant,” he said. “The trans­plant (18 months ago) also en­abled my wife and I to have our third child.”

Sen-Con­sta­ble Mascherin was gifted a kid­ney by a de­tec­tive work col­league, An­thony Blair.

“In 2011 I had kid­ney fail­ure and was on dial­y­sis for four years,” he re­counted. “An­thony came to me one day and said he’d like to give me a kid­ney.

“He’s a very, very gen­er­ous per­son who would do any­thing for any­one. It’s hard to even say thank you. It was a self­less act.”

Sen-Con­sta­ble Hud­son was born with kid­ney prob­lems and, as he got older, his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated. By the time he was 20 he needed dial­y­sis. His older sis­ter Ali­son stepped in with a life- changer – a kid­ney do­na­tion – in 2003 when he was 21.

“The end game was death or years and years on a wait­ing list,” Sen-Con­sta­ble Hud­son said.

“I want to live my life to the fullest to take ad­van­tage of the gift I have been given by my sis­ter.”

The 2016 Trans­plant Games will be held from Satur­day to Oc­to­ber 1 in western Sydney.

Sen Con­sta­bles Hud­son and Mascherin will be in sev­eral events. Sen-Con­sta­ble Parkin­son is dis­ap­pointed he is hav­ing shoul­der surgery dur­ing the Games.

De­tails: trans­plant.org.au.

Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

Or­gan donor re­cip­i­ents, Se­nior Con­sta­bles Shane Parkin­son, Tony Mascherin and Paul Hud­son.

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