The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Transplant gift puts wind in Ross’s sails
TWO years ago Ross Lloyd went to bed on the Gold Coast with a feeling he wasn’t going to wake up. He had suffered a debilitating lung disease for three years and felt his body had given up.
Seven hours later he woke to a call – doctors had found a set of lungs that were a match.
“I woke up a day later in intensive care breathing without oxygen for the first time in two years. There are no words for that,” Mr Lloyd, 65, said.
“I think you know when you are not going to make it, but through a perfect match of lungs I’m here now.”
In Townsville two days earlier on May 4, 2013, Kelli McDonald was passing on her mother’s wishes to be an organ donor. Maree Read had suffered a brain aneurysm and donated her lungs, kidney and liver a day later.
Today Kelli, now a member of Donor Families Australia, and her family have united with Ross for the first time to run The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane Day in memory of Maree.
“She was a giving and caring lady,” Mrs McDonald said. “It’s hard but I couldn’t be prouder of Ross.”