The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Trans­plant gift puts wind in Ross’s sails

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TWO years ago Ross Lloyd went to bed on the Gold Coast with a feel­ing he wasn’t go­ing to wake up. He had suf­fered a de­bil­i­tat­ing lung dis­ease for three years and felt his body had given up.

Seven hours later he woke to a call – doc­tors had found a set of lungs that were a match.

“I woke up a day later in in­ten­sive care breath­ing with­out oxy­gen for the first time in two years. There are no words for that,” Mr Lloyd, 65, said.

“I think you know when you are not go­ing to make it, but through a per­fect match of lungs I’m here now.”

In Townsville two days ear­lier on May 4, 2013, Kelli McDon­ald was pass­ing on her mother’s wishes to be an or­gan donor. Maree Read had suf­fered a brain aneurysm and do­nated her lungs, kid­ney and liver a day later.

To­day Kelli, now a mem­ber of Donor Fam­i­lies Aus­tralia, and her fam­ily have united with Ross for the first time to run The Sun­day Mail Sun­corp Bank Bridge to Bris­bane Day in mem­ory of Maree.

“She was a giv­ing and car­ing lady,” Mrs McDon­ald said. “It’s hard but I couldn’t be prouder of Ross.”

 ??  ?? FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Bridge2Bri­s­bane run­ners Ross Lloyd, Saskia McDon­ald and Kelli McDon­ald. Pic­ture: Jack Tran
FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Bridge2Bri­s­bane run­ners Ross Lloyd, Saskia McDon­ald and Kelli McDon­ald. Pic­ture: Jack Tran

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