Father's whole-hearted thanks to all donors

CABOOLTURE | Paxton Roth
FULL CIRCLE: Jim Cuthbertson hopes everyone will consider becoming an organ donor because you never know if you or your family will one day become a recipient.
AS THE old saying goes, what goes around comes around.

Jim Cuthbertson, 62, learned just how true that was when he became a heart transplant recipient nearly two years ago.

The qualified plumber was pronounced clinically dead after a heart attack, but surgeons at the Prince Charles Hospital inserted an left ventricular assist device which kept him alive for 14 months until a donor was found.

More than two decades earlier, Jim tragically lost his son Jacob and made the difficult decision to donate the four-year-old's organs.

"It's a hard decision to make, it still hits me 20, 30 years later, but you know it's a decision that needs to be made,” he said.

Jim said being a recipient was an emotional process but having seen both sides of the story, he knew what was coming.

"You like the fact that you're alive and you're going to get your life back but there's a family grieving - it's really hard to come to terms with,” he said.

"I know what they've given because I've given and I've received.

"Now that I've received I'm so satisfied that I gave.” Continue reading
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