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Oh Just Die Already

I think this government is going to great lengths to absolutely infuriate its population. Or maybe it’s just me. Although I really don’t see how they could be offended by my letters I’ve sent to them; I wasn’t in the least abusive. Harshly critical, but I’m not going to be cuddly for the benefit of xenophobic bigots.

Anyway, I know for a fact that this isn’t only pissing me off. Let me give you a rundown of the situation. There’s a woman who destroyed two livers by means of drug addiction. I’ve heard seperate reports but the constant drug seems to be heroin and ritalin. She swore to change after her first liver transplant. Well, she didn’t. She’s now got a failing liver and is crying out for help.

My opinion? Screw her. And not in the fun way. She knew the consequences of drug addiction and faced one of the worst results once already. How many vital internal organs do you have to do before you realise that drugs aren’t good for you? So her addiction has destroyed two livers and she’s attempting to generate sympathy to raise money for another transplant.

Well it worked, somehow. Some gorramned politician decided to give her a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar loan to go towards flying to Thailand  because nobody in Australia or New Zealand will give her the transplant operation. I’d like to shake the hand of the people who rejected her from the transplant list. There are children who urgently need liver transplants, people who haven’t gotten that chance to live yet. She’s already had a second chance and she blew it.

Many people have argued against me, saying it would not be fair on her children for people to just let her die. I can see where you’re trying to come from with that argument. But the fact of the matter is that she’s an addict who’s more or less killed herself twice over already, and god knows what else she’s done when she’s on her highs. Who’s to say her children aren’t better off without her.

And now a decent amount of you will have just kind of stared in shock at your computer screen or iPhone or other internet browsing device. Well I don’t care. This woman has failed the game of life and it’s about bloody time she suffered the most extreme of consequences for her actions. There’s a reason she was rejected for another liver transplant; she doesn’t deserve it.

I mean, I’ve never touched heroin, ritalin or anything much else that’d even come close to raping my liver the way she did. She gets AU$250,000 for destroying two livers. You’d think I would have least earnt a cookie by now. You hear me, Australian Government? I WANT A COOKIE, DAMMIT.

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  1. Coral Edwards
    March 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I totally agree with your sentiments. My mother died suddenly in 1998 and I donated her organs. I would be extremely pissed off if I thought her “Gift Of Life” had been given to a junkie. There are many more deserving families on the waiting list for transplant and as you said she FAILED the game of life. There are many people that feel the same way. I know because on Friday I was handing out information about being an Organ Donor in Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital and nearly all of the comments were if people like her, meaning the junkie, get my organs then I do not want to be a donor. Thanks for your site. Coral x.

    • March 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      Wow, that’s pretty brutal. And it’s an absolute shame that good people are going to lose out in the long run because some junkie kicked up a media frenzy. Some people aren’t lucky enough to get that second chance, and that is the real shame. I really hope this doesn’t set an unfortunate precedent. Its nice to see people commenting though. Thank you for your thoughts, Coral.
      I hope this isn’t too personal but are you a doctor/nurse at Sir Charles Gardiner? Does this kind of thing happen more regularly and in other ways than people really know?

  2. Coral Edwards
    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Hi again. No I am not a nurse. I do voluntary work for Donate Life. Organ Donor Awareness Week was last week and part of what I do is hand out info about donating your organs and getting people to make sure they talk to the family about what they want. Did you know that even tho you may be an organ donor it only takes one person in your family to object and your organs wont be used. Now that pisses me off. I dont believe junkies are good for anything except a full on hit and then they die…I am just so over feeling sorry for them. Sorry if my comments hurt others but my opinion is important at least to me. Coral.x

    • March 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      Oh no I completely agree. If someone requests it, it should not be able to be blocked so simply. I have a lot of respect for organ donors and people who work for the organ donor organisations.
      I understand your feelings towards the bad junkies, I do. There comes to a point where we lose respect for certain types of people.

  3. Luke
    March 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I think the whole organ donor system needs to be changed. When you get a drivers licence/proof of age card/passport/election enrollement form you should be told that unless you DON’T want to become an organ donor and fill out a form specifically saying this, then you are automatically on this list. I honestly believe that there are many people out there (I know some of them) that wouldn’t object to being an organ donor, but are simply to lazy to fill out the forms and explain to their family that this is there wish.

    As far as our taxes being used to pay for this womans treatment, its rediculous. I’m sure most people are aware of the Barnett Governments 3% budget cuts, what most people don’t know is that this was not evenly distributed between hospitals and departments. For example, the Barnett Government told Royal Perth that it must cut it’s staff and materials budget by 8%, but the Health Department (so the government wing) was only given a much lower target. There is no doubt that this will cut service quality at Royal Perth, and slow emergancy times. Now incase anyone can’t remember this, the Barnett Government NEVER DENIED that they wish to close Royal Perth once the Fiona Stanley hospital is opened. I don’t know about you, but I live 30min from the city, and 50 min from Joundalup, I can’t see how forcing more people to use the already overcrowded and under-staffed death-trap that is Joundalup Health Campus.

    Also, Joundalup has no neurological specialists, so people like my father with MS will have to drive all the way to Murdoch rather than to the city.

    • March 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

      That’s pretty damn harsh, Luke. Our government has a lot to answer for, I believe. I’m of the belief that your organs are of no use to you when you’re dead and buried, except, you know, to serve as extra meat for the subterranean carrion that eventually eat its way through the wood.
      We need more people in medical professions, as well.

      • Luke
        March 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

        I didn’t mean to sound like I was bagging out the staff at Joundalup Health Campus, I know quite a few people that work there, the fact is that in recent years more and more of the northan sububs have been brought into the Joundalup “Emergency Zone” and so when you ring the ambulance you are automatically sent to Joundalup, and the hospital just wasn’t built to handle the load that it is now subject too.

        Last year I managed to catch Swine Flu and Glandular Fever within one week of each other, the result was that my liver function dropped to the point where my body couldn’t handle the toxins it was producing and the concentration of some toxins went from 50mg/L to 850mg/L in 36 hours. I was called into the doctors surgery immediatly when the results came through and was told that I would be better of catching a bus to Sir Charles Gardner than ringing an ambulance and being taken to the already over-crowded Joundalup. As it was I waited in emergency with a letter from my doctor AND a fax from the head of the liver department(I forgot the medical name) saying it was essential that I be sent up immediatly. I had to wait 8 hours, while people with a “cough”, and one guy with a cut on his mouth that was 3 days old, were treated before me. Im not saying that they were less deserving of medical care than I, but that their medical needs could have been met by their local GP, and that they didn’t need to clog up the hospital system with their “minor” medical issues. Hospitals should be a last step in medical treatment, not the first. And they need all the funds they can get.

      • March 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm

        Oh I completely understand. When hospitals get understaffed, they tend to get people on longer shifts, which is a shame.

  4. Zoey
    March 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

    This article is brutal, straight to the point and completely true.

    Claire Murray has already had two chances at life, the first was her own liver that she mutliated. The second was a donor liver that she once again destroyed through constant drug use.

    I don’t care if people feel sorry for her children at all, she had them when she continued shooting up after the first liver transplant, if she couldn’t care enough about her children then to see that her drug use was causing her to die AGAIN, then why should she care about her children now that she’s on her death bed for a third time?

    The hospital system has already said no, it’s time the bloody government grew some balls and told her where to stick the money and let her just die.

    This isn’t the first case I’ve heard of drug addicts being above genetically sick people on the donor list, and this is precisely the reason why I am not, and never will be, an organ donor with the exception of my own family. The system we have in place at the moment is bull shit, and until it’s fixed… More and more drug addicts are going to be saved, whilst the innocent are left to die.

    • March 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

      Which is horribly ironic as the Australian Internet Filter is going to be blocking content that can minimise harm for recreational drug users.
      I’ve been kicking around forum posts and facebook pages and the arguing between the for and against crowds has been little more than brutal. You’re right, Zoey, I think she’s just using her kids as a media weapon.
      But I also believe that this new organ should come at a price; if she fails to pay her debt, or reverts to drug use, the government should repossess it.

  5. Lisa-Marie
    March 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I completely concur with everything that has been said on this page. I find it absolutely pathetic that medical professionals say no but politicians say “go for it” although I’m sure that move was more of a PR move than an actual educated descision.

    Also, I completely resent the fact that this woman has admitted to serious life-threatening drug abuse on NATIONAL television and yet she is allowed to keep her children. Does nobody from DOCS watch television? This woman is not fit to be a parent, not only for the drug problem, but she has shown a complete lack of responsibility, or remorse for her actions by blaming the hospital for not putting her in rehab!I can almost garantee that her parents will find her dead with a dirty needle hanging out of her arm. *sigh* As far as I am concerned this stupid oxygen theiving woman made her own bed, make her lay in it! Sorry for ranting but I just feel really passionate about this topic.

    • March 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      That’s my thoughts exactly. So many of the goddamn bleeding hearts who support her efforts don’t seem to understand that life has consequences.

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