I never realized how much I would cherish my family photos until I lost my Dad in March of 2010.
In 2009, December 14th, 10 days before Christmas my Dad went into hospital and he never came out. After battling Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis my Dad’s liver was failing and he was in desperate need of a liver transplant. We spent Christmas Day at the hospital. Shortly after his kidneys started to fail and he was put into ICU and then flown to London, Ontario to get the final tests to put him on the transplant list. When we were told he would not be put on the transplant list due to a test saying his heart was enlarged, we flew out to London say goodbye. The test was done again and it turned out the doctor was incorrect. We left London to go back to work while our Dad awaited a new liver. Four days later he was rushed into surgery and was up and walking that day after the transplant. Unfortunately after that his health started to decline again. He couldn’t keep food down and his new liver was not working properly. Whatever infection that was there before was still there and not responding to antibiotics. His new liver continued to fail. He fought for two months, in so much pain and after exhausting all options he said he had had enough. We flew out to say our goodbyes and waited for him to pass away.
I am so thankful for the person who was an organ donor and gave us the time we had with him. We were able to talk and say our goodbyes because of that gift. That is the greatest gift I have ever received. Yes, he only survived another 2 months but we were all able to talk to him before he passed.
I’m very passionate on supporting and growing the organ donor transplant list. If you have considered organ donation or have an organ donor card please consider signing up at the link below. This attaches the organ donor information to your Manitoba Health Number so that doctors have easy access to your wishes. It takes two minutes of your time and you answer four short questions about what you would be willing to donate.
Sign up to be an organ donor at http://www.signupforlife.ca
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