Organ donation turns Katrina’s life around

The Young Witness | Elouise Hawkey

LIVING LIFE: Katrina Watterson (right) and her mother, Karen, taking part in the Donate Life walk in Canberra earlier this year, less than 12 months after she had a kidney transplant.

Unbeknown to many, local woman Katrina Watterson underwent a life-saving kidney transplant operation in 2014.

Now, just 12 months on, she has turned her life around.

Tomorrow - Tuesday, July 14 - marks the 12 month anniversary since the 26-year-old had her t-surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

Until then she was forced to travel to Canberra three times a week for dialysis.

She was only 15 when the lifestyle chose her.

The demands drained Katrina of the strength to attend Young High School - as well as many other daily routines of a teenager - so she was home-schooled instead.

The trips continued for another 10 years before she purchased her own dialysis machine. Continue reading .