DonateLife Week 2017

Friday, 04 August 2017.

Ebony and Mikah 3

AN anonymous kidney donation has given Belmont resident Ebony Holmes the gift of motherhood, after a life-changing transplant six years ago.

Ms Holmes’ health issues started as a 16-year-old in 2002, when a Henoch–Schönlein purpura diagnosis was followed by a rare kidney disease called IgA nephropathy, which required a kidney transplant, provided by her father.

“It happened so quickly,” she said.

“It was lucky Dad was compatible, but within three or four years I had a kidney infection and started getting sick again.

“In 2010, my kidney completely failed and I was really sick, throwing up and in hospital for three weeks doing dialysis.

“I chose to do nocturnal dialysis at home, which I did for a year until I got the call for another kidney transplant from an anonymous donor, just before my 30th birthday.”

The operation was a success and greatly improved Ms Holmes’ overall health, allowing her to start a family.

“It’s changed my life – I never would’ve been able to have my son, which is all I ever wanted,” she said.

“I still get really emotional about it, but I’m so grateful.

“If you ever see someone having an organ failure or stuck on dialysis, they’re going through so much that you’d do anything to help them.

“Donors give eight people a lease on life. That’s really a lot, and you can’t take your organs with you.”

If you are willing to save lives by becoming an organ and tissue donor, discuss the decision with your family and friends, and register at https://register.donatelife.gov.au.

More than 1400 Australians are today waiting for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant.

Only one in three Australians have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register, even though 81 per cent believe registration of donation decisions is important.

Nine in ten families agree to donation proceeding when the deceased is a registered organ donor. This drops to just 52 per cent where the deceased was not registered and the family had no prior knowledge.

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.