Many years ago my husband died and I was not asked about donating. If feel that I would of gotten some relief in knowing he helped others. Soon after that, I became involved in organ and tissue donation and then transplant. I believe that everyone has the right to make the decision and this organization helps to give the information needed to do this. Thank you for all you do!
They come just short of telling grieving families a bold face lie. My uncle just passed unexpectedly. They went to his son and told him that they were taking his corneas, some skin and his leg bones. My cousin asked three times if a viewing could be done. They said yes, but what they don't say is that in order to do a viewing the funeral home has to do a lot of work to put the body back together enough to hold the embalming fluid. Then there is still the concern with leaks. I'm not telling families not to donate, but families need all the facts to be able to make the decision. Also the cost of the funeral goes way up. So if the decision is made to donate at least the families will know all of what will happen. All that I am asking for is for these people to be completely honest and give families all the facts instead of sugar coating it and then the families find out later. My cousin was already grieving and then to find out the truth later caused him to completely break.
My great grandson (almost 4-years old) is alive today because he had a heart transplant in 2010.
His first 6 months of life were spent in hospitals connected to machines to keep him alive.
Please, please remember to sign up to be a donor.
I am convinced that God has a special place in heaven for donors and donor families.
Our sweet, beautiful, blond hair, blue eyed boy charms everyone who meets him.
He loves life and loves people. His smile is the high light of my days! He is active and on the move all the time. He will show his chest and explain that he got a new heart from his angel.
God bless his donor family!
I just moved to California. When I was applying for my new driver's license I knew I wanted to check the box to donate. I found out that I had to register with Donate Life California. I went online & got lost on their site. They make the registering easy. The stories online are incredible. They really help get the word out with real life examples...donating organs is really giving life to someone.
Although I do not have an immediate tie to a donor or recipient, I have seen both sides. As a healthcare provider (respiratory therapist) I have seen the tremendous care that this organization provides. I have to say I was uneducated and had misconceptions about organ donation until my experiences with donors, recipients and Donate Life.
A difficult task to keep short, but back in 1985 I was told my daughter would need a new heart. In 1987, she would be listed for the first time (just 3 1/2 years old) and to fathom the donor family that would lose a child was inconceivable to me....yet someone made that choice and she was granted 16 more years of life. It is now 2010 and we often feel guilty, but she has been blessed with a second heart in 2003 and a third in 2010. With no real knowledge of how much time this one will give her, I want to thank each and every donor and their families out there for the time we have been graced with! Without this organization, I can only imagine the missed opportunities for life.
My daughter became a donor October 18, 2010 after she lost her battle with asthma. She was 19 yrs old at the time of her passing and had already made it clear she would become a donor. She was able to give the gift of life to 3 individuals. One special recipient received her whole heart completely. I was never against being a donor, but I really never paid much attention till my daughter brought it up and never did I think she would go before me. My lose was to much to handle, but knowing I did what she wanted made me feel at ease. I made my decision official by becoming a donor by registering with DMV.