By creator to www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
Michelle Wyatt has an unknown stranger to thank for her 17-year-old daughter’s life, after a extreme an infection in late 2019 practically killed her.
Savannah Fretwell was born with cystic fibrosis and struggled by years of failing well being, with common visits to hospital.
In late 2019 Savannah developed a extreme an infection in her already deteriorating lungs and was rushed to an Intensive Care Unit at Queensland Kids’s Hospital, the place she had been receiving care below the Respiratory staff.
She struggled to breathe for eight days, when her lungs failed fully, and she or he was positioned on a ventilator.
Given the severity of her situation, she was afforded prime precedence on the Queensland Lung Transplant Service listing and was transplanted in simply three days.
The six-hour surgical procedure was successful and Savannah is now a brand new particular person.
Ms Wyatt, a registered nurse at Sunshine Coast College Hospital is amongst Sunshine Coast DonateLife supporters rallying behind this week’s annual marketing campaign to take care of organ and tissue donor numbers in Australia, regardless of the difficult yr.
Nationally, greater than 1700 Australians are ready for organ transplants, with round 12,000 at present receiving kidney dialysis who may have transplants in future.
DonateLife spokeswoman Shona McDonald mentioned DonateLife Week 2020 was extra essential than ever as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic had considerably impacted the variety of Queenslanders registering on the Australian Organ Donor Register this yr.
“All our neighborhood occasions and public sign-on desks have been suspended,” she mentioned.
“The general public has been naturally centered on pandemic well being messaging and different impacts.”
Whereas there had been a downturn in new registration numbers, organ donation numbers in Queensland have been to this point “holding their very own”, Ms McDonald mentioned.
For extra data, go to donatelife.gov.au/sources/donatelife-week