The Transplant Network contributors are the foundation of the network. Their personal stories help those who are on their own transplant Journey.

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Joel's Story

At 15 years of age Joel was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Just three years later he underwent a heart transplant at St. Vincent's in Sydney. Now less than six months post transplant, Joel loves being active again, playing touch football with his mates and has recently begun to further pursue his passion of a career in photography.

Joel Seeto

Heart recipient

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Rachel's Story

Rachel was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth, and after seriously deteriorating health in her late teens received a bilateral lung transplant in April 2013. Rachel is in her final year of a double Law and Communications degree and wishes to share her experience and offer support for anyone thinking about, waiting for or having received a transplant. Since her transplant, Rachel has travelled the world, begun riding her horses again.

Rachel Gralton

Double Lung recipient


Peter's Story

Professor Peter Macdonald is Conjoint Professor of Medicine in the University of New South Wales, senior staff Cardiologist in the Cardiopulmonary Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and co-head of the Transplant Research Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. In a world-first in 2014 Prof Macdonald and his team successfully transplanted a heart that had stopped beating for 20 minutes.

Peter Macdonald


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Jessica's Story

Jessica is both a Transplant Coordinator and Nurse Unit Manager - Transplant Clinic, St. Vincents Hospital, Sydney. Coming from a family of nurses, you could say Jess was born for her work. Caring for patients and their wellbeing is second nature to her. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge, covering all aspects of transplantation. Jess's passion for the transplant clinic and her patients is nothing short of remarkable.

Jessica Cunningham

Transplant Coordinator


Alex's Story

Alex was completely devastated in 2010 when he lost his brother Richie at age 34, after he was tragically killed in a car accident. Alex and his family honoured Richie’s wishes to be an organ donor and Richie went on to save the lives of multiple people on the waiting list. Alex and his family continue to honor Richie's legacy in many ways, including at the annual Donate Life Memorial in Victoria.

Alex Marlow

Donor Family


Matt's Story

Matt was born with biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver. From infancy it was evident that a transplant would be necessary. It was at age 19 when Matt received his life saving liver transplant. The transplant positively impacted more than just Matt's health, and post transplant, with a new outlook, he decided to change careers and become a nurse. Matt is now a full-time nurse in the coronary care and stroke unit at Orange Base Hospital.

Matt Wensley

Liver recipient


Clare's Story

Clare was on holiday in Thailand when she started feeling unwell. After a three day admission to ICU in Thailand. Claire was then flown back to perth. Her illness continued to decline and at 31, Clare underwent a kidney and pancreas transplant. After her transplant Clare enrolled into Nursing and is in the final stages of study. He goal is to use her experience to help others navigate their own illness journey.

Clare Duggan

Kidney Pancreas recipient


Luke's Story

Luke's partner Ailish had a double lung transplant in 2019 at the age of 23. Luke watched Ailish's condition deteriorate over a number of years which eventually lead to a double lung transplant. Luke played a vital support role and he is passionate about transplant support, especially for other partners and family members.

Luke Teys

Partner recipient