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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Organ donor's family forms heart-to-heart friendship with transplant recipient


AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION | Emma Wynne

A chance connection has seen an unlikely and beautiful friendship develop between a heart transplant recipient and the family of her young donor.

Scott Overstone's son Tom was just 17 years old when a head injury sustained at the 2007 Laneway Festival left him on life support at Royal Perth Hospital.

Tom's friends did not see what happened, and his injury was not as a result of violence.

"At 1am we got a phone call and your life changes there and then," his father told 720 ABC Perth.

Tom died a week later in hospital — and his parents had to make the decision whether to donate his organs or not.

'We knew that was what Tom wanted'

When Tom was aged 12 he had made his feelings about organ donation known to his family. Continue reading
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