Families form close bond

THE importance of organ donation was a key theme during Indianna Allen’s funeral service yesterday, with several families also affected by the issue joining the Allen family in support at the ceremony.

Indianna was a Grafton toddler awaiting a life-saving liver donation. Sadly, the wait proved too long and Indy passed away at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane last Saturday.

Through her struggle, Indy became one of the faces of organ donation awareness and several other families with children who had experienced the anxious wait for donor organs were present yesterday.

One of those was Lachlan “Lachy” Wallis, a nine-year-old Brisbane boy who faced a similar struggle to Indy. He needed a vital liver transplant and was actually placed on the list of people needing an organ donation at the same time as Indianna.

So serious was Lachy’s condition, plans were in place for his father, David, to donate part of his liver to keep him going.

Fortunately, Lachy received a donor liver just in time.

David said his family was devastated to hear about Indy’s passing, with both the Wallis and Allen families forming a close bond during their children’s illnesses.

“I basically brought Lachy home from school when I heard (about Indianna), we just sat on the couch and had a big hug,” Mr Wallis said.

Mr Wallis said the saddest part of losing people waiting for donor organs was it could be a different story if more people were donors.

“It’s not just getting people to sign the form either; it’s also getting them to inform their families of the decision,” he said.

Read more: Family farewells brave toddler



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