OUR SAY: Donor exchange program affirms faith in humanity
THE sheer complexity of the process involved for Miriam Tasker to receive her new kidney is absolutely astounding, but inspirational.
For six couples around Australia, each is giving up a kidney to a complete stranger, in order to receive one for their own loved one.
Most people wouldn't think twice about donating an organ to save the life of a loved one, but to be told you're not the right match would be devastating.
This is why the donor exchange program is all the more incredible, and goes a long way to affirming my faith in humanity.
In general, organ donation is a field where Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes, yet despite 2015 being a national high since records began, there are still not enough organs to meet the demand.
Australia currently ranks 22nd in the world for organ donation, with around 60% of people willing to donate organs after they die.
Considering around 1600 people are on the waiting list, more could be done to help those in need.
While I'm not suggesting visiting your doctor and offering up a kidney, it wouldn't hurt to talk to your family and friends about organ donation, if and when the time comes.
One organ donor can change the lives of up to 10 people, so consider changing a life one day.