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Work of art tribute to our organ donors

Susan Grant dipped her paintbrush, swirled the colours on canvas and created a wonderful memorial for organ and tissue donors.

Her artwork, named Finding Hope for Life uses symbols to represent organ and tissue donation.

The tree depicts families coming together and branching out even through difference.

“The blue veins in the piece are one’s blood flowing through their body and the yellow dot work is our diverse and multicultural community,” the artist said.

Artist Susan Grant with organ and tissue specialists, donors and families and representatives from the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service.

Luke Russell, whose family member was a donor at Liverpool Hospital, said it was a beautiful piece of artwork.

“It is a magnificent tribute to the selflessness and altruism of those incredible people like my Mum, who are no longer with us in person, but who continue to leave an indelible legacy on this world through the gift of organ donation,” he said.

The Aboriginal artist’s piece, which pays homage to deceased donors, was unveiled yesterday as part of a NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service initiative at Liverpool Hospital intensive care unit’s waiting room.

Mary Burton, a liver transplant recipient from the Macarthur region, also shared her personal journey during yesterday’s unveiling.

Ms Burton, pictured, talked about how happy she was to be alive and how she had been given only a matter of hours before her transplant saved her life.

As a result, she was able to see her son attend his formal this month, which was a huge milestone for her as a parent.

 Liverpool Hospital general manager Karen McMenamin said being able to capture the multicultural aspect of south west Sydney was important for the donor memorial.

“In our community, 51 per cent of the population speak a language other than English at home. We want to celebrate that,” she said.

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