Inside the new Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria

Herald Sun, Australia | Rebecca David
Technician Heath Davies in the retrieval suite at the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria. Picture: Carmelo Mazzano.

IT CAN be an incredible feeling to hold a human heart in your hands.

Just ask Heath Davies, one of the technicians at the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria who retrieves tissue such as heart valves, corneas and skin from the deceased.

“I still get a real thrill and a real privilege to retrieve and hold a heart,” Mr Davies said.

But there is little time for reflection.

Once families consent to donating their loved one’s tissue, technicians at the Southbank facility are in a race against time to ensure it is respectfully removed, trimmed, treated with antibiotics and stored in freezers.

“Time is really critical. We only have 24 hours from the time that someone has passed away until we can retrieve all the tissue that they’ve consented for,” Mr Davies said. Continue reading

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