Life of thanks for the great­est gift

The West Australian - - NEWS - Shared: Greg Scroop with or­gan re­cip­i­ents Anna Monaco and Sandi Bowie. Pic­ture: Michael O’Brien Shan­non Hamp­ton

In the dark­est mo­ments since los­ing his son in a road ac­ci­dent just be­fore Christ­mas, Greg Scroop has drawn com­fort that his son’s or­gans have given oth­ers the chance to live.

When Mr Scroop was told Lachy, 16, would not sur­vive af­ter a bus and his moped col­lided near Kal­go­or­lie in De­cem­ber, a de­ci­sion was made to do­nate Lachy’s heart, which saved the life of a man in his 60s, and his kid­neys, one which was given to a nine-year-old boy.

“As a father, it was the only thing I’ve been able to hang on to,” Mr Scroop said.

Last year in WA, 42 or­gan donors saved the life of 125 peo­ple. Along with their fam­i­lies, or­gan donors were due to be hon­oured at a cer­e­mony at City Beach last night.

Or­gan re­cip­i­ents Sandi Bowie, 43, who has cys­tic fi­bro­sis and re­ceived a dou­ble lung trans­plant in 2011 and Anna Monaco, 40, who had end-stage re­nal fail­ure when she re­ceived a new kid­ney in 2014, find it hard to de­scribe their grat­i­tude.

“The gift of a trans­plant starts be­tween strangers but it’s also a very per­sonal thing that makes the words thank you seem a lit­tle bit in­ad­e­quate and sim­plis­tic,” Ms Bowie said.

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