Sec­ond chance at life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - By SOPHIE CLAPIN

FLOREAT res­i­dent Paul Turner was given a sec­ond chance at life after re­ceiv­ing a liver through or­gan do­na­tions.

This week, along with 20 other team mem­bers, he plans to travel to Mel­bourne for the 2014 Aus­tralian Trans­plant Games, com­pet­ing in swimming.

The 49-year-old be­gan to have liver pains at the age of 21. It de­vel­oped into a form of hep­ati­tis, which could not be cured with med­i­ca­tion.

“I am alive to­day be­cause of do­nated or­gans and the med­i­cal sys­tem be­ing able to do the surgery,” Turner said.

Run over eight days from Septem­ber 26 to Oc­to­ber 24, the Games are held ev­ery two years, of­fer­ing more than 21 com­pet­i­tive sports and 10 spe­cial events.

Turner, who com­peted in 2008, said re­cip­i­ents took part in mem­ory of the won­der­ful Aus­tralians who made the char­i­ta­ble gift.

“I am not a par­tic­u­larly good sports per­son, I don’t re­ally want to achieve a lot, the games are there to raise aware­ness and to en­cour­age us to keep a good level of fit­ness,” Turner said.

“We are lucky that the com­mu­nity is so gen­er­ous and peo­ple do this kind of thing.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d425445

Paul Turner, far right, with fel­low Trans­plant Games com­peti­tors George Hob­son and Heather Brunalli.

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