This time last year we were preparing for Ashlea's kidney transplant.
After 5 years of living with kidney failure and anticipating her transplant it is hard to believe that we are now nearly 12 months post transplant. Ashlea is thriving since receiving the gift of life from her Dad. Her kidney function is fantastic, she has so much energy and enthusiasm for life, she is cheeky and bossy and delightfully loving life.
Let me be even more clear about the benefits of transplant for Ashlea.
She is alive.
She is not on dialysis.
She is well.
I wish our story was just a 'good news story' and that there wasn't a flip side. Sadly though there is a flip side and that is that as a result of giving Ashlea a kidney Murray now has an acquired brain injury. I don't even want to say it out loud during donate life week as I would hate to turn anyone off the idea of becoming an organ donor - but seriously - if there were more people willing to be deceased organ donors then there would be less need for parents like us to risk our lives by being living organ donors.
Even if Murray had not suffered any complications we would still implore you all to consider becoming an organ donor - but in the light of what happened to him it is even more important.
Please consider becoming an organ donor.
Make your wish count by letting your family know your decision. You could give someone the gift of life.