YOUNG BURN VICTIM FINDS HEALING THANKS TO TISSUE DONOR
Source: Allograft Possibilities
While Devin was able to finally keep his arm unwrapped, it was a couple months before he could get it wet. When he was finally able to get the arm wet again it was an important milestone for Devin. A family trip to Hawaii had been planned five months before the accident, and Devin was cleared for water right before the trip. He was delighted to take advantage of the ocean, scuba diving, snorkeling and even was able to hold his breath underwater for almost a minute. A personal record.
Devin’s note to the family of his tissue donor sums up how thankful he is for their gift. “I am writing to thank you for the kind and generous gift of tissue donation from your loved one. I am so sorry for your loss, but I want you to know that your decision to donate has changed my life in a very positive way. I needed a tissue transplant because I burned myself with coffee. Since the transplant I have been able to play and run around a little more. For this I am grateful to you and your loved one. My family and I will remember your act of kindness and generosity.”
Devin has never needed any additional skin and you wouldn’t even notice that anything happened to his arm today. He is a busy 13-year-old and is looking forward to his first missionary trip to New York City in July.