To the recipient of an organ, a donor can be the greatest person never known. They give someone the chance to live, often described as the gift of life.
For Alana Taylor, the greatest person never known to her, gifted the Christchurch resident a pair of lungs in July last year.
The 29 year old was diagnosed at birth with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder which affects essential organs by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus, causing shortness of breath, a chronic cough and repeated chest infections.
After 28 years of feeling like she was breathing through a straw and constantly running a marathon, Alana received a double lung transplant which saved her life.
“I knew I had been given 6 to 9 months to live if I didn’t have a double lung transplant by the end of last year. I wouldn’t have made it to Christmas. It was a matter of life or death”.