Father shares life-saving story
DAVID Gough visited Tweed Heads yesterday as part of a 22-day, 5000km journey to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.
It was a trip inspired by his daughter’s selfless act.
Melody Gough was killed in a road accident on Christmas Eve 2009 but as an organ donor she helped to save three lives.
The pair had planned to tour Australia together by motorbike and now Mr Gough is on a quest to share his daughter’s story in a bid help save more lives.
“Melody was an artistic photographer and was working as an assistant curator of photo media at the National Art Gallery in Canberra,” Mr Gough said.
“She was doing her thesis on art history with a photography major.
“Just that morning she had been talking with her boss about the best approach and time of year to study in Italy and Paris.”
Mr Gough said from a tragic situation had come life and he was proud of his daughter’s decision.
“Her mother went with Melody to renew her licence one time and saw that she had elected to be an organ donor,” he said.
“Melody said she was absolutely sure but didn’t want to nominate her eyes or her heart for spiritual and artistic reasons.
“It was her decision and we are very proud of that; she gave those three people life,” he said.
But Mr Gough said it wasn’t enough just to tick a box on a licence.
“The only way to register is to download a form from Medicare,” he said
“People should discover the facts, decide to donate and then discuss it with their families ahead of a tragedy occurring.”
His ride began at the National Gallery of Australia and will finish in Canberra on February 25 in conjunction with Donate Life Week.
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