Transplant recipient chasing glory
INNES Park teenager Jasmine Storey-Robinson does not know who she owes her life to but she thanks them every day.
The Kepnock State High School student, 13, will travel to Canberra in October to compete in the Australian Transplant Games after being selected in the elite Queensland representative squad.
Jasmine was born with a rare form of liver disease and owes her life to a stranger who gave her the gift of life at two years old.
“I got a second chance in life and it's a chance many do not get,” she said.
She was too young to remember the ordeal but the crippling disease left her malnourished and in constant pain.
Her bone density dropped and a slight knock or fall could leave her in a mess of broken bones and bruises.
“I'm glad I can't remember it but my mum does,” she said.
Jasmine's life changed forever when she became the recipient of a liver transplant after he mother Leah spent a nervous 15 months waiting for her to progress up the organ waiting list.
Eleven years on and Jasmine is the picture of good health and surprises friends when she tells them of her ordeal.
“I lead a normal life,” she said. “Nobody would know if I didn't tell them and they're usually a bit shocked when I do.”
Blessed with a natural aptitude for sports, Jasmine will represent her state at the national Transplant Games both on the track and in the pool.
She returned from her 2008 appearance at the biennial event with three gold medals and a silver which is a result she hopes to improve upon this time around.
“I'm going to giving it my best shot,” he said. “I want to show other organ transplant recipients what can be achieved with a bit of hard work.”
Jasmine hoped her story would encourage others to consider organ donation.
“It's giving the gift of life to someone,” she said. “It's a gift that keeps giving.”