The Star | Barbara Turnbull
As Hélène Campbell continues to make remarkable progress from her recent double lung transplant, the organ donation crusader’s pleas for people to save others is being heard loud and clear.
At a press conference Tuesday at Toronto General Hospital, where the 21-year-old Ottawa woman is recovering, her father read from an obituary from 10 days ago.
“Terry’s wish to donate his organs was inspired by @alungstory Helene’s organ donation campaign,” the death notice read.
“Wow,” said a visibly moved Alan Campbell. “An immediate impact.”
He went on to thank his daughter’s donor, whose identity is unknown to the Campbells but hopes the family’s “message of deep and abiding appreciation will reach them, even as they grieve the loss of their loved one.”
“My daughter has life because of that gift,” he said.
Hélène Campbell drew attention to the issue of organ and tissue donation when she was placed on the transplant list in January. She’d been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in October, a disease that can only be treated with a transplant.
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