TODAY, the Wigan Evening Post launches our campaign “Giving the gift of life” to urge people to become organ donors.
The season of goodwill and exchanging presents may be over but we want the people of Wigan to show the generosity they are known for by giving the greatest gift of all - the legacy of life.
Someone, somewhere made the decision to donate the organs of their loved one which gave Jack his new lungs and I will never be able to express how thankful I am they did thatTina Johnstone
Our goal is to make Wigan a donor town with the aim of encouraging record numbers of Wiganers to sign up during 2016 to express their wishes to donate organs after death. Today, we show the positive face of organ donation as beaming nine-year-old Jack Johnstone has returned home after undergoing a double lung transplant. Jack has cystic fibrosis and his lungs had deteriorated so much, without a transplant, Christmas 2015 would have been his last.
However, Jack has successfully undergone the transplant and although it is early days, he is looking forward to enjoying a new lease of life.
Jack today said: “I did not want to have the transplant because I was scared. But now I am really glad I had it.”
Mum Tina said: “Someone, somewhere made the decision to donate the organs of their loved one which gave Jack his new lungs and I will never be able to express how thankful I am they did that.
“It is only when you see the direct impact organ donation has from personal experience that you appreciate what a wonderful thing it is for people to do.
“I urge the people of Wigan to support this very important campaign.”