Gift of life from Zaidee
COFFS Harbour Health Campus staff donned variegated hair nets yesterday for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation and organ donation.
The Foundation was set up in memory of seven-year-old Zaidee Rose Alexander Turner, whose sudden death in December 2004 helped save and improve seven other lives.
Zaidee died from a burst blood vessel in her brain called a cerebral aneurism – a one in 10 million chance in a child so young.
She became the only child under the age of 16 years in Victoria in 2004 to donate her organs and tissues, setting an example to others to become donors.
Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, set up by her family, aims to raise the organ and tissue donation rate in Australia – one of the lowest in the western world.
Staff at hospitals across the North Coast Area Health Service wore Zaidee’s rainbow hair nets yesterday to get people thinking about Zaidee’s gift of life.