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Celebrating 20 years of a life saving transplant

Janet Hammond is celebrating a key milestone during DonateLife Week 2015
Janet Hammond is celebrating a key milestone during DonateLife Week 2015

Janet Hammond is celebrating a key milestone during DonateLife Week 2015 – On 8th August she will celebrate the 20 year anniversary of her life saving liver transplant!

Just over 20 years ago local wangaratta woman, Janet Hammond, was an active and healthy woman married with four children. In April 1995, she developed a rare complication following an anaesthetic for a simple surgical procedure. The complications lead to liver failure and within a couple of months her health had deteriorated to the point where she had to be hospitalised. It became apparent that Janet’s only hope for survivial was a liver transplant. As the situation became more desperate, Janet was transferred to Melbourne’s Austin hospital in July 1995 and fortuantely received her transplant in August just in time to save her life. Janet was just 49 years old at the time and still had much more living to do!

Still to this day, Janet is enormously grateful to her life saving liver donor and has appreciated so many special moments since the transplant. She attended three of her four children’s weddings. One of her children had already married and had two small children at the time of her transplant. Janet has delighted in having the opportunity to watch her grandchildren grow up, and her new lease on life has opened Janet’s eyes to travel. She took the trip of a life time visiting beautiful, snowy Canada.

Janet also enjoys being part of organisations that give back to to the community. She is an active member of a local Probus group and is on the “Friends of the hospital” committee. The committee bakes delicous goodies for the ever-popular monthly cake stall: selling out every time and raising much-needed funds to buy equipment for our hospital.

In preparation for DonateLife Week (August 2 – 9) Janet has organised a special event with three key purposes:

  1. To celebrate and honour the precious gift of life that Janet was so fortunate to receive 20 years ago;
  2. To provide accurate and current information to support people in discovering the facts in order to make informed decisions about organ and tissue donation (Catherine Chanter, Nurse Donation Specialist will be a guest speaker at the event);
  3. And to raise funds to support the liver transplant research unit at the Austin Hospital.

During DonateLife week Australians are being urged to have the chat that saves lives and Discover the facts, Decide and register, Discuss your decision with family and friends… donatelife.gov.au