Always on edge, eating very little and confined to the house, Deanna Peacock’s only chance at surviving a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis was a lung transplant.
With a beeper on her person 24 hours a day, seven days a week, she spent 11 stressful months on the donor-waiting list for the news of life.
“The wait was awful,” said the Orillia resident. “I had to carry a beeper 24/7, in the bathroom, in the shower. One day, I got halfway to Toronto and realized I’d left my beeper behind and had to go back to get it, because once you get the call, you have to be in Toronto within two hours.”
An early morning call on July 21 five years ago gave her the hope Peacock was looking for. With a convoy of friends and family, she made her way to the city, checked in at the hospital, and then waited while the staff made sure the organs were viable for surgery.
With a new set of lungs to help her breathe in new life, Peacock returned home with a purpose to help bring on as many organ donors to the nation-wide registry, starting with the second-annual flagraising at city hall on April 3, at 11:30 a.m. to mark the beginning of organ donor month. The following week, Peacock will be at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for an awareness campaign.
She feels it’s the perfect way to help ensure Orillia and area residents are registered as donors.
“I just can’t see why you wouldn’t donate; it doesn’t make sense to me,” said Peacock, adding she wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for someone who had signed up to be a donor. “It’s a waste, right? What are you going to do with them (organs)? Bury them, cremate them, when you can save up to…
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