Bangor’s Patricia Scheetz knows all too well the importance of organ donation.
The double-organ transplant recipient recently received a bone tissue donation for a foot reconstruction.
Ms Scheetz’s charity patisserie, The Sweetest Gift, was part of a morning tea on August 2 hosted by the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service at Sydney Eye Hospital.
Her patisserie employs other organ and tissue transplant recipients, and aims to help raise awareness about the importance of signing up to be a donor to help save lives.
In 2017, a total of 9000 Australians received tissue transplants – made up of eyes, skin, bones and heart valves.
Ms Scheetz, 35, received her life-saving double-organ transplant of a kidney and pancreas in 2011.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a toddler, her kidney failed in her twenties.
“I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am for every day I can enjoy my life thanks to those donors and their families,” she said.