Saved by the other Bell

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Justin Bian­chini

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 do­

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.


Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d480304

Matthew Bell had a kid­ney do­nated by his wife Diane.

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