A Most Extraordinary and Unexpected Gift

dear donor familyA most extraordinary and unexpected gift arrived in the mail today. Two letters from recipients of my dad’s donated tissues. Two people whose lives were enriched by increased mobility and a return to their normal lives from debilitating pain — one an RN who will soon return to her job.

Tissue donation doesn’t get the glamour treatment that organ donation does. But, for many, it returns them to having QUALITY of life. (Or vision, or healing from severe burns, etc.) Please consider it as a gift that you can give another one day. As Daddy put it, “Well, I won’t be needing them, so I might as well.” He would be pleased. I know I am.  :)

There are several places you can register your wishes online.  I have included one below.  It is most important, however, to let your family know your wishes.  When in doubt, most hospitals will not override their wishes.  So this talk should be had now.  Also, know that you have the right to specify an organ/tissue recipient be offered your gift FIRST.  Here’s a great candidate in desperate need now:  Sarah Murnaghan. 

To give the gift of organ or tissue donation:    DonateLife.net

3 thoughts on “A Most Extraordinary and Unexpected Gift

  1. Lynne Pardi

    How wonderful — what a blessing– to know that your Dad is still helping others!! He has given these recipients the gift of much- improved quality of life, and that is precious and beyond price. I’m so glad that these folks wrote to you to express their joy and appreciation of your father’s generosity.

  2. Krystal

    Wow that is awesome! And I did not know that you have the right to specify an organ/tissue recipient be offered your gift first. I’m an organ donor and this is great to know!

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