WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center

WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center

 

WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center


Organ Donation Stories



Personal stories are used by permission for use on this page only. The sharing of the personal organ donation story by LOPA is done to commemorate organ donation awareness month and to encourage people to become organ donors. The personal stories may not be reproduced in any form or medium or otherwise distributed or used without written permission of LOPA.


"My mother donated her eyes at the time of her death. The family received a very nice letter stating that both of her eyes were transplanted and thanking her and us for the gift of sight."

"My friend was born with two very small kidneys that don't function that well. She received a kidney transplant and it's the reason she's alive."

"A friend of mine had liver failure due to alcoholism. He had a liver transplant about 3 years ago and is doing great. He has stopped drinking alcohol."

"I am a Social Worker at West Jefferson Medical Center and received a kidney transplant. I was dx with stage 4 renal disease after I gave birth to my son, who is my only child. I received dialysis for five months and received a cadaver kidney on 2-14-11 and am truly thankful. I had the support of my spouse, son and my case management and OB unit family. For that I'm forever grateful and would not have a better quality of life without the generosity of the 22 y/o who was brave enough to be a donor."

"I used to work as a dialysis nurse, it was always an exciting day when a patient called to say that they would not be in for their treatment because they had received 'The Call'. The entire unit would celebrate their good fortune."

"My daughter witnessed an auto accident and stopped to administer CPR. The young man was able to survive long enough for his family to donate his organs. His mother somehow found out about my daughter and they still communicate through Facebook."

"My niece was born with a liver disorder and was not expected to live past the age of 5 unless she underwent a liver transplant. Around the age of 6 her liver started to fail and she was placed on the transplant waiting list. She received a transplant and became an active young lady. She was involved in many activities, cheerleading was her favorite. During her late teen years her liver started failing again and was placed on the transplant waiting list. She received a second transplant, which her body began rejecting and received a third transplant. Unfortunately her body could not handle the third transplant. But because of the kindness of families in their time of grief, we were able to enjoy the presence of a beautiful high spirited young lady much longer than ever expected."

"A friend about 5 years ago received a new heart"

"My next door neighbor needed a kidney transplant. He was in his 50s and was the bread winner in his household. He did peritoneal dialysis for about 5 years. Finally he had a kidney match and had the transplant. He lived for about 5 years after the transplant, eventually having complications. I miss him. 2. Also, a very vibrant church member needed a liver transplant and finally a match was found. He is doing well and still making us laugh at his bad jokes, but we love him and we are glad to still have him around."

"My mother received a kidney transplant from a friend 2006. Without the donation, my mother would not be with me today. Prior to this event, I had a broad concept of organ and tissue. After this miracle, I am an strong advocate for donation."

"I have been involved with Camp Pelican (Louisiana Pulmonary Disease Camp) for 29 years and have seen many of our CF campers and staff members receive their new lungs. It has been amazing to see the difference organ donation has made in the lives of our many families. I have been signed up as a potential donor for as long as I can remember."

"Our family experienced tragedy a few years ago. We lost my little sister to suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound. This was a tragedy in more ways than one because she was a single mother with three small children. Her death was unexpected and even though I am in the medical field, I did not once think of organ donation during this time. We received the phone call from LOPA and the phone was handed to me by my family. My first thought was yes because I know my sister and her life was all about helping others. She would give her last dime to someone in need but I never spoke to her about organ donation. She was younger than me and I never thought this information would ever be helpful. The first thing I did was ask my mother for her driver's license to see if she was a registered donor. I was very happy to see the red heart and know that this was her personal wish. When you are alive and able to decide this for yourself please do. Take this burden off of your family. The fact that my sister did this of her own free will made me feel good knowing we were doing what she wanted. Her children have begun to mend and we have fun talking about how she lives on in the lives of others and how even though we have lost her she has managed to continue helping others. My favorite saying is donate your organs, heaven knows we need them here."

"My grandson (while not by blood, our bond is quite strong) has PKD. He will need a kidney transplant at some point in his life. Most likely during his childhood. His kidneys will fail. He is 2 years old and his kidneys are the size of a 10 year old child. When this time comes, I pray there will be a donor for him. All life is precious. And giving life is more valuable than I can express."

"My husband's kidneys failed at the age of 28. He waited 5 years for a donor kidney. It was one of the greatest blessings we ever received. Unfortunately, his donor kidney stopped functioning last year and once again he is waiting for another donor kidney. Dialysis is the only option available until he is listed and a kidney becomes available. Being a donor offers hope of a better life to so many people waiting and praying for a blessing."

"I do not personally know these people, but the story was so touching it brought me to tears. A teenage boy was tragically killed and his family donated his organs. His heart went to a middle aged woman across the country. She had a family that would have been devastated had she not received this heart transplant. As time passed, the boy’s family wanted to meet the lady that received their son's heart. When they did meet, the mother and father had a stethoscope and listened to their son's heart inside of this lady... There was not a dry eye around!! These families remain connected to this day. I was a donor before, but when I share this story, it inspires people to want to give as well!"

"My mother was a registered nurse and also a registered organ donor. When she was diagnosed with a malignancy, she found out that she could no longer be a part of the organ donor registry. Later, she was able to donate her corneas at the time of her death. A sad story with a happy ending for my mother, our family and two corneal recipients."

"My father was brain dead from a MVA in 1992. We found out 7 days after his accident and after seeking a 2nd opinion. My siblings, mother and myself were approached by LOPA during his hospitalization and decided to donate his organs. Initially, not everyone in the family was supportive of this decision. We felt that we had the opportunity to save someone else's life and that our father could live on through others. Just a few months after, we received an update on the people who received my dad's organs. And a year later, my dad's younger brother was the recipient of a heart transplant and over 22 years later is still living a productive life."

"My best friend received a kidney transplant with her sister's kidney. LOPA was involved in assisting the family with coordinating the donation and the transplant surgery. My friend has had her kidney now for over 7 years and is doing well. Many thanks for your help in saving her. She means the world to me."



Personal stories are used by permission for use on this page only. The sharing of the personal organ donation story by LOPA is done to commemorate organ donation awareness month and to encourage people to become organ donors. The personal stories may not be reproduced in any form or medium or otherwise distributed or used without written permission of LOPA.

 




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