Saved by the other Bell
DIANE Bell is quick to tell people she is no hero.
The former intensive care nurse helped save the life of her husband Matthew more than two years ago by donating a kidney.
“People say ‘you’re a real hero’,” Diane said ahead of this week’s World Kidney Day.
“I don’t think so. You’ve got two kidneys; you only need one.”
The Bells, who are from Forrestfield and run a picture framing business in Osborne Park, made up their mind about the organ transplant while Matthew was on dialysis because of renal reflux. He’s “definitely grateful”. “I owe her big time, you might say,” he said.
“We’re very practical about it because she was an intensive care nurse for a long time; she explains everything as we go.”
The couple joined Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt, the minister responsible for organ donation, in imploring people to think about donating their organs.
“I believe in an opt-out system of organ donation like Spain,” Matthew said. Mr Wyatt said the Bells’ story was inspirational. He said there were more than 1000 Australians on waiting lists for a kidney transplant and 11,000 people on dialysis. HASLUCK MHR Ken Wyatt used World Kidney Day to announce $430,000 in community awareness grants for local initiatives to increase family discussion and registrations on donatelife.gov.au.
Applications are invited for local activities during DonateLife Week 2018 from July 29 to August 5, or for other education activities during 2018-19 focusing on specific audiences.
“To increase donation outcomes, we need to raise consent rates and this can be achieved by more families discussing and registering to be donors,” Mr Wyatt said.
Applications are invited from non-government organisations and professional bodies, including community-based notfor-profit organisations and local government associations.
Applications close on April 3 at 10am.
Matthew Bell had a kidney donated by his wife Diane.