Because of this choice a grandfather will make memories and tell stories to his grandchildren. A father will give piggy back rides and teach his boys to throw a ball. A mom will cuddle and kiss boo-boo’s as they raise their children to appreciate life and every breath. A father will receive a cornea transplant which will allow him to see his children for the first time. So many situations and stories, a part of you will be included in each one.
We stood in a hospital room watching someone we love die in slow motion; piece by piece, their body shutting down, mind becoming confused, not even able to take care of their most basic needs. We prayed for a transplant and with every prayer we grieved for the family that would lose someone they loved in order for our prayers to come true.
We knew you were going to pass away no matter what we did or prayed for but our hearts were crying for you and your family anyway. We fought through a year of serious illness in and out of the hospital, mostly in. The time was running out and we knew that our loved one would be leaving us soon if a donor was not found.
The night we heard that they had found a donor we cried tears of gratitude and tears of grief. We grieved with your family, we prayed for your soul and we blessed you for making a selfless decision to save others. As the donation process began we sat in our hospital waiting room with great anticipation and concern. We thought of you and your family, gathering in grief as we gathered in hope. Not one moment went by that we were not thinking of you and this wonderful person that we knew nothing about. In our mind you are an angel and your loved ones are the people on this earth carrying out your wishes. I hope they could feel our love and gratitude through their grief. I hope it gave them some small measure of peace.
After the surgery, our loved one woke up with a new radiance to their skin and a twinkle in their eye. We said hello to you for the first time. When the kidneys & liver began to work we celebrated, probably like your mother did when you learned how to use the potty when you were little.
You live in the most beautiful way. Your soul’s job complete and your last act on this earth a selfless act of donation. You have given the gift of life to many and have left your legacy on the world and the life stories of all the people you helped. There are no words that will express the gratitude we have for you and your family. We will be forever grateful, forever in debt and will LIVE LOUD in your honor! Our hero.
For more information on becoming a Donor visit the Donate Life website http://donatelife.net/understanding-donation/statistics/
The statistics are staggering:
- More than 115,000 men, women and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants.
- Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
- An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
- In 2011, there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors resulting in 28,535 organ transplants.
- Last year, more than 42,000 grafts were made available for transplant by eye banks within the United States.
- According to research, 98% of all adults have heard about organ donation and 86% have heard of tissue donation.
- 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor.
All candidates will be less than the sum due to candidates waiting for multiple organs