Family grateful for organ donation

DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE | Kevin Hampson
PHOTO SUPPLIED Adelaide Radbourne is alive today because she was able to have a heart transplant. Her parents Dean and Chloe hope National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (April 23-29) caused people to have conversations about potentially signing up to become donors.
Dean Radbourne hopes National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (April 23 -29) caused people to have conversations about signing up to become donors.

His daughter, Adelaide, who turns eight on Thursday, is alive because she was able to have a heart transplant. Weeks after her birth, the family learned that her heart was enlarged. She was put onto a mechanical pump until a suitable donor was finally found six months later. The family is so grateful that they’ve had to set aside special times to talk about the donor, otherwise it could be overwhelming, Radbourne said.

“We do try and find days that as a family we recognize the gift we were given and the decision the donor made, because otherwise you find yourself at every milestone thinking, ‘There’s a family out there that doesn’t get to have an eighth birthday with their kid now.’”

Privacy laws preclude the possibility of finding out who Adelaide’s donor was, but the Radbournes did send the family a letter through Alberta Health Services. Continue reading
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