Legacy lives on through organ donation

Australian Broadcasting Corp | Kim Lester

No parent wants to think about burying a child, but some families who consent to organ donation find comfort in knowing their loss is another family's gain.

For parents who haven't faced the horror of losing a child, the thought of turning off their son or daughter's life support, to allow them to become an organ donor, seems unimaginable.

Laurie and Marguerite Wiseman faced this reality 11 years ago when their son, Ben, stopped breathing during an epileptic fit and was later declared brain dead.

But for them, the decision came naturally - at least as naturally as such a decision in such a situation could.