This is the driving force behind why Zaidee’s is bring this event to the Geelong areas to reflect the great outcome of Brian Tucker.
Brain was diagnosed with Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease....7 years ago this August. It progressed slowly but definitely and surely over the next coming years. Brian was dying he was showing every typical progression of this disease. Brian endured many procedures including a stent and weekly Taps into his lung to drain fluid, these were painful and annoying but necessary to keep him alive. The time came when the only thing to save Brian was a liver Transplant. After months of testing Brian was finally accepted onto the Donor list in January 2017. Early November Brian was at the Austin for a couple of nights for further testing and assessment and was told they had a match. Brian was on the waiting list for 12 months to the day exactly when he received his transplant for a new Liver. We are so grateful and thankful to Brian’s Donor and their family for having the conversation and being an Organ Donor. Gift Of Life is essential.
Zaidee Rose Alexander Turner – aged 7 years and 22 days died suddenly on 2nd December 2004 from a burst blood vessel in her brain called a Cerebral Aneurism. Zaidee’s parents, Kim and Allan, founded Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation not long after. At the time of Zaidee’s death the Turner family had been registered Organ and Tissue Donors for 5 years. As a result Zaidee donated her organs and tissues at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as were her wishes at the time. Zaidee’s gifts help save or improve the lives of 7 people. Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years and we have been told one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues in 2004. She was only 1 of 6 children nationally to donate their organs in 2004. Zaidee’s Story is directed towards both children and adults so they can think about others who are waiting for a life saving operation and a suitable match for an organ or tissue. Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, have a second chance at life. Zaidee’s gift of her organs and tissues to others will allow them to have another birthday. 1 in 5 people on the transplant waiting list will never get the chance to have another birthday if people do not become registered donors but more importantly discuss this in their families. The symbol of Zaidee’s rainbow is representative of hope; after every storm the sun shines and there is a rainbow. For those people on the transplant waiting list, the rainbow symbol offers them hope. At the end of their rainbow is an organ or tissue to improve their life – or in most cases – save their life. In 2004, the year Zaidee died, so too did 130,000 other Australians. Only 218 were organ donors. In 2016 154,000 Australians died and still only 503 donated their organs. Each year over 150,000 Australians died but still less or around 500 become solid organ donors with around 1700 people benefited from. Still not enough donors to make sure those on the waiting list get their much-needed transplant.