Wednesday, August 12 at 9pm on Channel Nine
Come on a remarkable journey… the ultimate race against time, where every second counts… the race to save lives, with the ultimate gift of life.
The series return of The Gift, hosted by Tara Brown, is remarkable, life-changing television which follows amazing stories of organ donation – from the families of the donors to the people who desperately need a transplant to survive.
In a rare insight into human nature, The Gift profiles people on the list for an organ donation who wait for the call that will rush them to hospital for transplant surgery and an uncertain future. Extraordinary professionals work around the clock to make this happen. Viewers will see complex medical procedures and admire the resilience of a very special group of people who must rely on receiving the organs of others to keep them alive.
Before The Gift went to air, around 1600 Australians were registering each month as organ donors. By the end of the first series, the monthly figured had multiplied nearly 600 per cent to over 9000, a remarkable increase in the number of Australia’s registered organ donors that will save many more lives.
In episode one we meet the family of Tim, a loving husband and father of two beautiful children. At the age of 42, he became a multiple organ donor after being killed in a cycling accident. His wife, brother and children talk about his life, his death and the gift of his organs, which have saved the lives of six people who received his heart, lungs, kidney, liver and pancreas. His wife says, “Tim was such a giving person… I’m sure he would be proud to give in death, as in life.”
It’s the generosity of people like Tim that gives hope to people like James. At 15, he needs new lungs because his own are diseased and failing fast. A donor has been found in Melbourne who could save his life, if the organs can be retrieved in time.
While the wait might be over for James, Kiara, aged five, is still hoping for her big day. She needs a new heart to survive. Kiara wants to be like all the other little girls in her ballet class, but sometimes it’s just too hard. Her condition makes her tired and breathless, so she has to sit and watch.
As a diabetic, Kellie has endured a lifetime of insulin injections. After marrying Reece, doctors advised her not to have children but she desperately wanted to give her husband the chance to be a father. Unfortunately, her pregnancy and the birth of their son have damaged her kidneys, and now she’s on dialysis. She needs a new pancreas and a kidney and she’s about to get the call she’s been patiently waiting for.