Organ donation: The 3am call that saved a woman’s life

The Daily Telegraph | Carleen Frost

Kam Peng nurse and Clare Duggan at Westmead Hospital / Picture: Stephen Cooper

MORE critically ill patients than ever before are getting a second chance at life thanks to a spike in organ donor numbers across the state.

Last year in NSW, 127 people donate their internal organs after their deaths — the highest number ever recorded across the state — and provided a total 379 vital organs to the critically ill.

It follows the previous record of 102 donors in 2013, recorded by the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the result could not have been achieved without the expert care and support administered to donors and their families by medical staff in the state’s hospitals.

Although a person can nominate to be an organ donor after they have died, a next of kin can override their decision.

“At a time of immense grief and distress, a record number of NSW families chose to give the gift of life to someone in need,” Mrs Skinner said. Continue reading