Life of thanks for the greatest gift
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.