Several people are told each year they need an organ transplant to continue living, but most of them have to wait on an organ donation list before a successful procedure can be performed. For two Utah families, the call came quicker than they had ever imagined.
At approximately 7 p.m. Friday night, two families received great news. Diane Atwood, 62, and Dwight Osborn, 64, received separate calls, informing them an organ was ready for them. Doctors told them to be at University Hospital by 8:30 p.m. that night to prepare for surgery.
Atwood's son, Ryan, said his mother was diagnosed with lung disease three years ago. "The chance that she has tonight, I mean you just can't beat it," Ryan Atwood said. "It's Merry Christmas. Wow. I'm beside myself."
"I thought she was going to die during the surgery," said Diane Atwood's daughter Brenda Skinner. "I didn't think she was going to make it, so I was kind of preparing for her to leave.
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