Appreciation shown for life-saving gifts

Vernon Morning Star | Jennifer Star

Organ donor transplant recipients David Fairbrother (left), Matt Scaife and Steve Naylor thank Vernon Jubilee Hospital emergency room nurse Carol Lawson, and all hospital staff, with a tin of popcorn for their gift of life. / Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

Three transplant recipients given a second-chance at life are sharing their sincere thanks with Vernon Jubilee Hospital staff.

Two life-saving liver transplant recipients and one lung recipient visited the hospital recently as part of Operation Popcorn. The annual tradition sees recipients visit hospitals where a donor has come from, to thank the healthcare professionals who care for organ donors and their families during times of tragedy, with tins of popcorn.

On hand were Salmon Arm’s Steve Naylor, who had a lung transplant in 2013; Kelowna’s Matt Scaife who got a new liver 15 years ago; and Vernon’s David Fairbrother, a two-time liver recipient. Continue reading