Medical students’ operation DonateLife: heartfelt plea for organ donation

Central Western Daily AU | Janice Harris

THE GREATEST GIFT: Medical students Jake Brunning and Nic Halliwell were encouraging members of the public to sign up for organ and tissue donation during DonateLife Week. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IT was a donation of a different request of a different kind at Orange Central yesterday with no one asking for money.

Instead, final year medical students from the University of Sydney school of rural health who are in their final year of training at Orange hospital were urging people to think seriously about organ donation on the first day of DonateLife Week.

The week is designed to promote organ and tissue donation in Australia and encouraging people to register online and to have the all important conversation with family members.

“The most important thing anyone can do is sit down with their family and let them know that it is their wish for their organs to be donated,” Nic Halliwell said.

Orange hospital is fortunate to have an organ and tissue specialist nurse on site who liaises with families, medical staff and hospitals in Sydney where transplants take place.

“Jake and I are in our final year of training and we’ve been able to see how someone can be on the brink of death and then receive a transplant,” he said. Continue reading