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Organ donations are a gift of life
Hannah Jonkers Book launched to share stories of survival
Double organ transplant recipient Brett Purdy, with mother Judy, encourages
others to consider organ donation.
Picture: Elesa Lee
BRETT Purdy's health has taken a
battering since he was a baby.
The Nicholls resident was diagnosed
with Type 1 diabetes when he was 16
months, suffered a stroke at 29, had a
heart attack at 34, endured kidney
failure, and then received a double
organ transplant -- all before he turned
He has shared his story at
DonateLife's Book of Life --a
inspiring collection of the positive
impacts and life changing benefits of
organ and tissue donation, in the hope
it will encourage others to consider
Mr Purdy said his kidney and
pancreas donation had been absolutely
fantastic and had changed his life.
He is no longer on dialysis and no
longer needs insulin injections.
His health had been deteriorating
rapidly before he was placed on the
When the call came that a suitable
donor was available, he said he was in
Mr Purdy was told he had to be at
Westmead Hospital in Sydney within
four hours of the phone call for
''We had to drop everything and
go,'' he said. ''I woke up in recovery
and it was all over.
''That's how quick it was.''
Mr Purdy is incredibly grateful to
the family of the donor, who he has not
''It'd be a really difficult thing, but
knowing that they've got a deceased
member and you've got their organs,
knowing they're still living, it might
bring them some happiness,'' he said.
''It might bring them some joy.
''It certainly brought me a change of
life, that's for sure.''
Mr Purdy hopes to one day organise
a group of people who have received
transplants to talk to others on dialysis
who were about to go through the exact
''If they're worried, we can tell
them what they're about to expect,'' he
The Book of Life is available at
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