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Brave Coen Ashton helps lift organ donor rate

The determined 14-year-old, who last year won a Pride of Australia medal for his trailblazing jet-ski ride down the Murray River to raise awareness about organ donation, has helped boost Australia’s participation rates to record levels.

Courageous Queensland teen Coen Ashton has seen the fruits of his labour bloom as he awaits a new set of lungs in Melbourne.

After finishing an awareness-raising 2000km jet-ski ride down the Murray River last year, the 14-year-old cystic fibrosis sufferer and organ donation campaigner yesterday said he had been buoyed by new figures showing Australia recorded its highest number of donors in 2011.

The statistics from the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) and Organ and Tissue Authority show 337 Australians who died in 2011 donated their organs, up from 309 in 2010.

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