Ex-SA senator Penny Wright and husband find hope in organ donation as they share loss of son Mungo to suicide

THE ADVERTISER |  Penny Wright
FILLED WITH LOVE: Penny Wright and Mark Parnell with their three children, from left, Mungo, Felix and Eleanor. Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY
Our beautiful son, Mungo, died in September last year. Although his last few years were very hard for him and he couldn’t find a way to continue, he is now at peace.

Like other parents who have lost a child to suicide, our challenge has been to work out how to go on without him. He was 21.

Before he died, Mungo spent nine days in intensive care, hovering between life and death. The compassionate and skilled staff at Flinders Medical Centre supported us while the medical tests gradually came back, and our hopes receded.

As we began to process the agonising realisation that Mungo could not survive, we remembered that he had signed the organ donor register. Like a glimmer of light in the face of our terrible grief, we found some tiny solace in the idea that his organs might help someone else to live. Continue reading