Dear Abby: Organ donors get big thanks

Published Sunday, October 3, 2010 by Dear Abby.

Dear Abby: My dad was on the kidney transplant list for almost four years. Last week, he received a call that there was a kidney for him.  As I sat in the waiting room during his transplant surgery, I became aware that two other families were in the same situation. One’s relative was also getting a kidney transplant, the other a liver. As we talked, it became apparent that every transplant surgery that evening was from the same donor.  
I can’t help but think of the family who lost this young man, who helped to save the lives of three people. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to that family and to all the families who have donated the organs of their loved ones.
Because of one person, my father and two other dads got a new lease on life.  My plea is for people to mark the back of their driver’s license to indicate their willingness to become an organ donor.  Also let your famlies know that you want your organs donated, if God forbid, anything were to ever happen.  It will make the decision for them much easier.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to speak out and perhaps save someone’s life the way someone saved my dad, whom I love very much. 
– Grateful Daughter In Owensboro, Ky.

Dear Daughter: Your letter touched my heart. I hope it will remind everyone what a precious gift each of us can give if we wish.  Readers, I encourage all of you to discuss the subject of organ donation with your families.  Let them know you would like to give “the gift of life” and ensure that a part of you lives on.  Your generosity can make the difference between life and death for someone.

Thank you, Dear Abby.  To my readers, change your license now, and be aware that simply stating organ donor status on your license does not guarantee you will be a donor.  Believe it or not, the law states that your family ultimately gets to decide what to do with your organs.  Inform them of your choice.  This is so important and yes, you WILL save lives.  Please think of others before your time comes.  You see how one donor’s choice saved my life in such a huge way.  If you’re in NE Ohio, please contact Lifebanc for more information.Love,
Amanda 

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