By JOE SPAGNOLO Political Reporter
From:The Sunday Times
A FORMER WA politician who lost a kidney to cancer eight years ago - and is set to lose another to the disease - is calling for a radical rethink of organ donation and a new system requiring people to opt out if they don't want to donate.
Jaye Radisich, 34, wants a new system requiring people to opt out if they don't want to donate.
Ms Radisich faces her greatest battle after being told by doctors a fortnight ago that a 6cm tumour had been found in her remaining kidney.
She now faces the possibility of being hooked up to a dialysis machine three days a week to survive unless a suitable donor can be found.
Ms Radisich says Australia needs to consider setting up a system where people are automatically considered to be organ donors unless they opt out.
She has applauded MPs Vince Catania, Joe Francis and Martin Whitley for leading the charge to introduce the opt-out system.
"I didn't expect to be a recipient - I thought I'd be a donor. The average waiting time for an adult to receive a kidney from a donor is four years," she said.