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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 25th 2009
12 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 26, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au One donor saves eight lives FIONA BRADY It's Organ Donor Awareness Week. The message this year is Talk to your Family. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people. For more information phone 1800 777 203 or visit www.organdonor.com.au Liver transplant recipient Mark Reilly, of Croydon, urges people to donate. Picture: PHIL BLATCH THE phone rang at midnight. It was the hospital -- they had a liver for him. Croydon father-of-one Mark Reilly was shocked. It was only five weeks since he'd been placed on the transplant waiting list. A few hours later he was on an operating table at RPA, having the surgery that would save his life. The former bus and truck driver had always thought he was reasonably healthy, until he reached his late 30s. ''My legs started to retain fluid. I was exhausted all the time. I got infections and they didn't go away,'' he said. Blood tests revealed he had hepatitisC--avirus he believes he contracted when he was in his late teens. He was referred to a special- ist at RPA who diagnosed him with end-stage liver failure. ''It was a terrible shock but at least I knew what was wrong with me.'' He managed to struggle on for another few years before his deteriorating health saw him added to the transplant waiting list. Five years after his big oper- ation and, although no longer able to work, Mr Reilly enjoys a much better quality of life. He is forever grateful to the donor's family, although by law he can never know their names. ''I often think of them and what they gave me,'' he said. ''I'm going to have my 50th birthday in a couple of weeks which I never thought I'd see. ''I've had time with my family, watched my daughter grow up. ''If I hadn't had the transplant, I'd be dead for sure.'' Not surprisingly, Mr Reilly be- lieves people should be considered donors, unless they opt out. ''If something happened to my daughter, it would be the worst thing. But for me to think that she could help save someone else would be a comfort,'' he said. ''All these people that aren't donors, are they going to knock one back if their child is sick, or they're sick?'' What you think. See Page 26 Lecture series to focus on peace ROSEBANK College launched its annual lecture series on Benedic- tine spirituality on Tuesday, with the lectures continuing during March. This year's series will focus on the core Benedictine value of peace. Tuesday's lecture, titled ''Peace in the Islamic Tradition'' was given by Nada Roude, an Islamic teacher and educator. The second lecture will be held next Tuesday and is titled ''An Environment To Grow In''. The final lecture, on March 10, will focus on peace. All lectures are in the college hall in Five Dock from 7.30pm. Phone Angelo Gattone on 9713 4205. Schools in line for renovation A HANDFUL of Inner West public schools will be treated with some much-needed improvement works over the next two years. Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore said the first schools to undergo renovation would be Concord West Public School and Strathfield North Pub- lic School with toilet upgrades, and Drummoyne Public School with roof upgrades. The renovations are part of a $150 million State Government program. ''I am delighted these works will be done and am looking forward to students making good use of the new facilities,'' Ms D'Amore said. 8765 0786 GO SPORT RHODES 1 RIDER BOULEVARD, RHODES RHODES 2061521i iww wk35 $50 Adults from $30 Kids from $10 Accessories from
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