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The Huffington Post Australia | Cayla Dengate

Bruce's daughter Alysha died in a car accident when she was 19.

Nineteen year old Alysha McDowell returned from an overseas holiday, she sat down with her parents and told them she wanted to be an organ donor.

"These aren't the sorts of things a 19 year old usually thinks about but she was a bit mature like that," her father Bruce McDowell said.

"Sometimes going overseas can prompt you to want to get things in order."

When she died in a car accident about a week later, McDowell said the family knew what she wanted.

McDowell said they found themselves part of the organ and tissue donation family.

"And it really is a family," McDowell said.

"When your child dies, it can be confronting. How do you speak to someone who has lost a child? The conversation ends up being full of cliches and stuff you hear all the time and to be honest, it doesn't help.

"When you speak to another person who lost a child or a loved one, it's a very powerful thing. It's so much easier knowings exactly what you’re talking about. Continue reading