Today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show there was a segment about organ donation. There was a young lady that Ellen was talking with through skype who was only 20 years old and waiting for a double lung transplant. It reminded me of our wait for a liver for Bronson.
The day we found out that Bronson needed a liver transplant (read that post here) now feels surreal. Is anyone really ready to hear that their 8 week old son is in liver failure? Without my sister, Sarah Beth, being a live liver donor (liver and kidney transplants are the only organ donations where they can use a live donor) Bronson might not have made it. Bronson was only 8 weeks only when his name was placed on the waiting list for a liver. By the time he received the liver transplant we were told by the surgeon that his liver might not have lasted much longer.
Obviously, organ donation is very important to me. There’s nothing bigger than being able to give someone a second chance at life. By becoming an organ donor you can save up to 8 lives, and enhance the lives of up to 75 people through tissue donation.
I really hope that everyone who reads this will put some serious thought into becoming an organ donor. On the side bar on the right side of my blog there’s a link with more information about organ donation (as well as childhood cancer – check it out!) and statistics.