April is National Donate Life Month.
I know many of you have heard our story of donation, but it is something we feel strongly about. I had always made it known that I wanted to be an organ donor if anything should happen to me. I had my license signed and told family my wishes. I just never imagined it would be a decision I would be making for my 3 year old instead. No one likes to think about their own death, much less that of their own child, but for us it was the easiest decision of the day. As soon as I arrived at CMH, a representative from Midwest Transplant Network was there to begin the process of sharing our daughter's life with others. As she went through the list of what organs and tissues we would be willing to give, marking yes beside each one for us, I paused at the corneas. Her eyes. Her beautiful brown eyes. That one was difficult, but we said yes hoping they would allow someone else to see the world the way she did. It was soon after the papers were finished that it was shared with us they knew where her liver would be going. It was going to bring new life to a little two year old boy in the same hospital. It was a moment of happiness knowing she was going to be helping another child. It was the next day that we received a phone call telling us Abby's kidneys were able to bring new life to a woman in her 30s. We had hoped that more organs would be able to be used, but due to the clotting agents and medications, the others were not. Organ donation has been the bright spots in the tragedy of losing our little girl. We hope that everyone will think about becoming a donor, a hero, and save lives.
Here is a link to other families stories on donation
And a link to stories of recipients