Heather Makris urges more people to become organ donors in Australia


South Australian local, Heather Makris, has called on more people to become organ donors this National DonateLife Week.

The 46-year old school principal had liver failure during a routine operation in 2016 and was on the organ waitlist until December 2019 when she received a phone call notifying her of a liver match.

“That call still makes me emotional, I remember every word,” Ms Makris told ABC News.

This personal journey has seen Ms Makris urge more people to consent to be a donor this year.

Heather Makris received a donor liver transplant in December 2019. Photo: ABC News.

South Australia currently leads the nation with 73 percent of the state’s population signing up to being a donor.

But demand has never been higher with 1,750 seriously ill Australians still on the waitlist for an organ transplant nationally, and another 13,000 people on dialysis who may benefit from a kidney transplant.

Ms Makris knows these statistics and said: “It takes one minute to register and we could catapult Australia in the years to come.”

To register as an organ and tissue donor, go to donatelife.gov.au/join-register.

Source: ABC News.




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