Organ donor officials say they now see cases where a healthy person donates one of their two kidneys to a stranger as a gift of life

ADELAIDE NOW | Brad Crouch

Erin Taylor with her aunt Eleanor Taylor, who donated her kidney to her niece.

WHILE some girls hope for an iPad or perfume for Christmas, Erin Taylor, 12, is hoping for a kidney.

It may come from the true spirit of humanity — although rare, organ donor officials say they now see cases where a healthy person donates one of their two kidneys to a stranger as a gift of life.

Erin will spend Christmas with her Aunty Eleanor in Torquay enjoying their special bond.

Four years ago, Eleanor Taylor donated one of her kidneys to her niece but, in a sad twist, rejection of the organ means another transplant will be needed.

The North Brighton family’s emotional ordeal began in the lead-up to Christmas 2011 when Erin, then aged seven, was taken to Flinders Medical Centre on December 7 with what the family thought was gastro. She was immediately transferred to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital intensive care unit with kidney failure. Continue reading


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