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Terra-Donor Family

picture with husband (640x480)On April 16, 2012 I received a call that changed my life. My mother was found unresponsive and was flown from Lebanon to Louisville. At first my dad, 2 brothers and 2 sisters were hopeful for a miracle but as the hours passed and doctors ran test, we found she had suffered a massive brain aneurysm. Mom had signed to be an organ donor online. Once we were approached about organ donation, we knew that she wanted to save other lives. Through our pain, shock, tears, and heartache, we felt our tradegy now could be someone else’s miracle. The next morning, my mom’s organs were recovered to be donated, and five families received their miracle. April 17, 2012 at the age of 49, my mom became an organ donor. She was always my hero and still is. I joined the Kentucky organ donor registry to be an organ donor, because I can’t take them with me. I knew it was not too late for those five families. I put myself in the place of those families for a moment and thought “what if an organ donation could save my mom”. I would hope that there are many people who are looking through the grief in the moment and choosing organ donation.