Shelley Myatt and Toowoomba Hospital worker Liz Hill.
Shelley Myatt and Toowoomba Hospital worker Liz Hill. Contributed

Tragedy leads to lifesaving organ donation

PAUL Myatt's decision to become an organ donor saved the lives of four people.

In January 2012, the Myatt family's life was turned upside down when the car Mr Myatt and three of his children were driving in, crashed just outside of Toogoolawah.

Imogen Myatt passed away at the scene and Mr Myatt was pronounced brain dead the next day.

That was when his wife Shelley Myatt and her family were approached about donating organs and tissues.

"Paul was a donor and it was something he talked about a number of times during our marriage and in front our children," Ms Myatt said.

"It was something that he was proud of. He was a good man and I think it was very much in his character to do something like donating his organs.

"We all knew it was what he wanted. It was nice to be able to respect his wishes."

Mr Myatt's donation benefited the lives of five people, but unfortunately one organ recipient passed away three days after receiving his liver.

While all Australian residents over the age of 18 can register to become organ and tissue donors online, when the time comes, the final consent must be given by the patient's next of kin.

Organ donation only occurs in one per cent of deaths.

To be eligible the donor must be pronounced brain dead, be located in an intensive care ward and be on a ventilator.

Ms Myatt said she hoped telling her family's story would inspire other people to become organ donors.

"Knowing that Paul helped those people has given us something positive to focus on," Ms Myatt said.

"We don't have any regrets and that's why, knowing the benefits, we try and encourage others to make the same decision," she said.

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