Today was supposed to be D-Day.
I had an appointment scheduled for 2PM to find out whether I was an acceptable candidate for transplant, but there has been a slight delay in my case being presented to the medical panel.
I've been re-scheduled for next Thursday 18th August at 2PM.
Seven more sleeps (not that I'm counting).
But in good news, there has been a media release this week detailing the increase in donation rates this year, which is wonderful news for anyone waiting for a transplant.
As at end July 2011, the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) shows that there were 201 organ donors compared to 174 organ donors for the same period in 2010 representing a 16% increase. This year to date, the number of transplant recipients has increased to 593 transplant recipients compared to 526 for the same period in 2010 representing a 13% increase this year.
President of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), Professor Peter MacDonald welcomed the July 2011 figures. “TSANZ is encouraged by the continuing increase in the national organ donation rate and the increased transplant activity that this makes possible,” Professor MacDonald said.
Transplant Australia said more people than ever before are now receiving a transplant and this is reflected in the overall official waiting list reducing from 1,875 on 3 January 2008 to 1,590 at 4 August 2011.
“Importantly we would like to recognise the benefits not only to these individuals but also to their families. Behind every transplant recipient is a family hoping and praying that their loved one will receive the gift of life,” said Dr Alan Amodeo, Chairman of Transplant Australia.
“Transplant Australia is pleased to continue to support the Organ and Tissue Authority as it increases donation rates for the long term,” Dr Amodeo said.