on the society. Donating an organ is a gift that keeps on giving. The person who receives an organ donation can lead a more meaningful life and can even help other people. As these true-to-life stories of organ recipients show, kindness can come in the form of sharing one’s organ.
First patient to have a double hand transplant now lives a full life
Four years before Chris King underwent a double hand transplant, he had an accident involving a machine at work that affected the function of his hands. Living without fully functioning hands was a difficult experience.
In mid-2017, he became the first person in the UK to receive a double hand transplant. Now, the 57-year-old man can do things as he could with his original hands. He can now hold a pen and write, form a fist, make tea, and other stuff. He described it as a fantastic gift he has ever received. King also encourages people to become a donor. “You can live your life to the fullest like I’m enjoying now,” he said.
Mother saves four lives through donating organs of son killed in an accident
Joel Anthony Suina, 6, died after a car collision in April. His mother, Antoinette, decided to donate her son’s organs, effectively saving the lives of four persons who received them.
Explaining her decision in a press conference, Joel’s mother described her son as a loving, generous kid who would want to help others. The young organ donor’s liver, kidneys, and heart went to the transplants of a four-month-old baby, a 46-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man, and an 11-year-old boy. His lungs and pancreas were also donated to an educational organization for medical research.
Organ donation transformed a patient’s life
Renee Falconer, 25, was suffering from cystic fibrosis since birth, requiring a double lung transplant even in her young age. She enjoyed a normal life until her early 20s when her health started to deteriorate. Renee shared that she could not do anything without help; even walking around in her home was an excruciating experience. By the time she was 25, Renee already needed full-time assistance and care.
It was an organ donation that totally changed her life for good. Her life-saving transplant is something she wants to pay forward to others, being thankful to the donor who saved her life. “I would encourage everyone to pledge to become an organ donor. It will be a rewarding and amazing experience; a gift that no one can ever pay back. Besides, you no longer need your organs when you die, so why don’t you give it to help someone else?” Renee said.
Indeed, can make a huge difference even when you no longer exist in this world. Enroll to become a donor, and your generosity will go a long way.