We had an interesting guest speaker at school today, Allan Turner from the Zaidee Rainbow Foundation. When Zaidee was seven she went to bed one night and came out soon after complaining of a terrible headache, she collapsed and was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and later died. Her parents donated her organs and tissues, and later found out that she was the only child under sixteen in Victoria to donate anything that year (2004). They decided to set up the Zaidee Rainbow Foundation to increase awareness of organ donation and hopefully get more families willing to, if tragedy occurs, donate their child’s organs and tissues. If anything ever happened to me, I’d be more than happy to donate everything except my corneas, and face (seriously, one woman had a face transplant. Google it). I just can’t get my head around donating a part of my eyes. Sure, I know people need cornea transplants and it gives the gift of life, but it’s so weird and yeah, I just don’t want to. It’s not something most teenagers think about, but anyone can randomly drop dead, and if you don’t donate your organs, more people may die as a result. There is no need for someone to die waiting for a heart or a lung or a kidney, just because someone hadn’t thought about donation while they were still alive. So seriously think about it, check out the Zaidee Rainbow Foundation website HERE and discuss it with your family. A simple conversation may save up to seven lives.
frangipani princess xoxo