PATRICIA Scheetz, 29, of Gymea, was in a dialysis chair at St George Hospital when she received the call that her nine-month wait for a new kidney and pancreas was over.
Mrs Scheetz is among the thousands of organ transplant recipients encouraging families to talk about their donation wishes during DonateLife Week.
The Australian Organ Donor Register is the only national register for people to record their organ and tissue donation decision.
Mrs Scheetz would have been dead by Christmas 2011 had she not received a transplant.
“My life is amazing now to say the least,” Mrs Scheetz said.
“I even enrolled at university today.
“I never got the chance to learn how to drive, to study, to take a year off and go overseas — to do all those normal things.
“Families need to talk about donation. Don’t let your decision die with you.”
The donation specialist at St George and Sutherland hospitals, Andrew Cheng, said there were doctors, nurses and social workers to support families before, during and long after the donation process.
Donation specialists are holding an information stall outside the post office in Cronulla Mall today from 9am and Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday, March 3, from 8am.
Hurstville and Penshurst public libraries will also have information displays throughout the week.
New lease on life: Patricia Scheetz said it was “ironic and beautiful” to receive the life-changing news surrounded by the very doctors and nurses who had cared for her. Picture: Lisa McMahon
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