Man urges or­gan dona­tion

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

A 54-year-old Leda man ur­gently await­ing a dou­ble lung trans­plant has been given a vi­tal help­ing hand — and is us­ing his plight as a plat­form to urge the com­mu­nity to con­sider be­com­ing or­gan donors.

Delha Tuwhangai, a fa­ther of three, was given a new por­ta­ble oxy­gen ma­chine to help con­tinue day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties as he con­tin­ues to wait for the dou­ble lung trans­plant.

The ma­chine was one of four de­vices do­nated by the Heart and Lung Trans­plant Foun­da­tion last week for pa­tients who need roundthe-clock oxy­gen while wait­ing for a dona­tion.

Mr Tuwhangai was di­ag­nosed with em­phy­sema in 2013, hav­ing suf­fered from asthma and breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties pre­vi­ously.

The Leda lo­cal said he was ex­tremely grate­ful and that the ma­chine would give him more free­dom in daily life.

“This will al­low me to re­sume some of my nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties and get out to the shops and to visit fam­ily — ba­sic trips that most peo­ple take for granted,” Mr Tuwhangai said.

Hav­ing been on the trans­plant wait­ing list since Au­gust 2106, he said he looked for­ward to the day when he would be able to play with his grand­daugh­ter.

“Be­ing ill all the time, it’s meant I haven’t been able to see her as much as I’d like to be­cause I’ve be­come quite sus­cep­ti­ble to res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions, par­tic­u­larly colds,” he said.

Mr Tuwhangai urged peo­ple to con­sider be­com­ing reg­is­tered or­gan donors.

“Or­gan dona­tion and trans­plan­ta­tion re­ally is amaz­ing,” he said.

“I know peo­ple have to lose a loved one, but at the end of the day they are giv­ing an amaz­ing gift to some­one who will re­ally make the most of it.”

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Pic­ture: Ni­cole Cox

Leda's Delha Tuwhangai is urg­ing peo­ple to be­come reg­is­tered or­gan donors.

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