Don’t let kids die waiting for an organ

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Spent my 10th birthday hooked to a dialysis machine. I’d lost both kidneys to renal failure - doctors said I desperately needed a donor to survive. But it was 4 years before they found one.

My wait was so painful, but unfortunately not uncommon. Australia’s organ donation rates are disastrous, and costing lives. 9 people died waiting for a transplant in 2014.

That’s why I’m worried about a little mate of mine who’s 8 and really sick. We met at kidney health camp, and I’m sort of helping him through his journey - I’m now 16. I don’t want him to go through the same hell I did waiting for an organ.

I was bullied for being “different” - fussy about germs, unable to drink water, in constant pain. And while some tried to understand, they don’t know what it’s like - to be hooked up to a machine as a young kid because your body failed you. It’s depressing - I was in a dangerously dark place.

Please help me. We desperately need more organ donors in Australia. Sign my petition calling on Health Minister Sussan Ley to prioritise organ donation in our hospitals, and improve the medical processes which will result in more transplants.



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