Liver donor saves a life

Tari JeffersSouth Western Times
A liver transplant in 2017 saved Dalyellup man Jason Ringrose's life and he urged everyone to have the conversation about organ donation.
Camera IconA liver transplant in 2017 saved Dalyellup man Jason Ringrose's life and he urged everyone to have the conversation about organ donation. Credit: Tari Jeffers

His liver was a gift, and now a Dalyellup man is urging people to have the life-saving discussion with family about organ donation.

“I’d be dead without it,” Jason Ringrose said.

Mr Ringrose suffers from an autoimmune disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, which causes scarring of the bile ducts, which would normally allow bile to drain from the gallbladder.

It is a painful and incurable disease.

Mr Ringrose was diagnosed 10 years ago and it was about eight years before the symptoms started wreaking havoc on his body.

“I had eight months of deterioration,” he said.

“I was getting regular clinics to see how I was faring and one day the results just shot down and I was put on the liver transplant list.”

Jason Ringrose's autoimmune liver disease caused him great pain and caused him to lose a lot of weight.
Camera IconJason Ringrose's autoimmune liver disease caused him great pain and caused him to lose a lot of weight. Credit: Supplied

It was a short wait before he got the call for the transplant in 2017.

“I am amazingly thankful for the liver,” he said.

“I started feeling better immediately.

“It’s very sad when I think that someone died, I got their liver and a family lost their loved one, but it’s an amazing gift to be able to give.”

DonateLife Week starts on Sunday.

“Giving up something from yourself, when you no longer need it – it’s majestic,” he said.

“Discussing it with family is important so they know their wishes.”

He said during his frequent bouts in hospital as a result of his disease, he saw so many other people in need of organs.

Visit donatelife.gov.au for more information about donating organs.

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