“I was ready for the lifesaving gift but scared at the same time” – Organ donor recipient at Westmead Hospital

Edward Boney

Western Sydney local Edward Boney’s kidney was failing and he was in desperate need of a life-saving kidney organ donation and transplant.

He spent months in Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) Westmead hospital then received news of the organ donation and headed in for his transplant.

Edward said he was ready for “the lifesaving gift but scared, happy but sad, and had all the emotions at the same time”.

He felt that the doctors and nurses at Westmead Hospital were fantastic and so professional as they “explained everything so well”.

Edward is not only thankful to Westmead Hospital but also, of course, to the kidney donor in particular. 

“I will send a letter to the family to let them know I appreciate it because the organ donation saved my life and gave me a second chance,” Edward said.

Edward is in great health now and has a new lease of life. 

I’m the best I’ve felt in years”

Edward Boney

This week is DonateLife Week and while four in five Australians support donation there are around 13 million Australians aged 16+ who are eligible to register as an organ and tissue donor – but haven’t. 

One organ donor can save up to seven lives and help many more through eye and tissue donation.  

For around 1,750 Australians currently on the organ transplant wait list, it can be a matter of life and death.

It is easy to register to donate as an organ and tissue donor as it doesn’t matter how old you are, your medical history, your lifestyle, where you’re from or how healthy you are.

The entire process only takes one minute to sign up at donatelife.gov.au or just 3 taps in the Medicare app.