GENEROUS: Launceston men Andrew Grubert and Mark Freeman share their experiences as organ transplant recipient and donor family respectively for DonateLife Thank You Day. Picture: Piia WirsuThe season of giving is almost upon us, and there are few gifts more precious than the gift of life.
Launceston man Andrew Grubert knows the truth of this, receiving a liver transplant in 2015 after an auto immune disease left him with a grim prognosis.
“My biggest fear pre-transplant was for my daughter not having a father, that Iwould pass before she had a memory of me,” he said.
“It’s very difficult to describe how thankful you are in just having a normal day-to-day life and just being able to spend time with family and friends.”
November 20 marks DonateLife Thank You Day;a day to honor organ donors and their families, who have made a life-giving decision.
Mark Freeman knows how hard, and also how rewarding, it is to be asked to make that decision on behalf of a dying family member.
“It’s a very raw time in your emotions,” he said.
After his brother was hospitalised suddenly, Mr Freeman and his siblings were asked if they would give the okay for his brother’s organs and tissue to be donated.
“The question was asked of us … our spontaneous reaction was yes we wanted to do this. Wehad a deep sense that he would have wanted to do that,” Mr Freeman said.
For himself and his family, Mr Freeman feels being able to donate his brothers organs and tissue helped create a positive experience from a terrible situation.
“It’s a great gift to us in terms of the grieving process. You got a sense that well, there is some worth in all of this,” he said.
Donate Life executive officer Davin Hibberd said ensuring the family is comfortable with the decision and process was vital.
“It’s really important from our point of view that when a family is being asked to donate that whatever decision they make … the family is well informed enough for that to be an enduring decision so that in five or 10 years time that family will still believe they made the right decision,” he said.
Mr Hibberd is hoping stories like those of Mr Grubert and Mr Freeman will prompt others to think about registering for organ donation.
Thank You Day is a time to start a conversation with family about what your wishes are, and to take the step to register as an organ donor.
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