HON­OUR­ING VI­TAL DONORS

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius Sarah.Diony­[email protected]­news.com.au

WHILE she will never meet the per­son who saved her life, Kate McColm will for­ever carry a part of them with her.

Ms McColm had kid­ney fail­ure, she had been re­ceiv­ing dial­y­sis treat­ment for three years and she was un­sure if she would make it to her 24th birth­day.

Then she re­ceived a call that changed her life for­ever.

She was un­der­go­ing dial­y­sis when her doc­tor told her they fi­nally found a new kid­ney for her.

“It was in­stant re­lief and I just burst in to tears,” Ms McColm said.

Ms McColm told her story at the un­veil­ing of a new mo­saic art trib­ute at Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal. The trib­ute has been erected in re­mem­brance of those who have do­nated or­gans and is the first-of-its-kind in Aus­tralian hos­pi­tals.

Ms McColm said she hoped it would start a con­ver­sa­tion around or­gan do­na­tion.

“Through open­ing up that di­a­logue it will help save lives.”

DonateLife spokesper­son Shona McDon­ald said sign­ing up to be an or­gan donor was a sim­ple process.

“You just need to go to the web­site, have your Medicare card on hand and it takes 60 sec­onds to regis­ter your wishes,” she said.

“It’s so much eas­ier for fam­i­lies in that time of im­mense grief when they lose a loved one to know what their wishes are and to hon­our that wish.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.donatelife.gov.au.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

GIFT OF LIFE: Kate McColm sur­rounded by donors at the SCUH mo­saic un­veil­ing.

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