KOIN Local 6 | Sally Showman
Thirty-four-year-old Gary Lodge, of Portland, died suddenly when a blood clot became lodged in the base of his brain in 2005.
Lodge was an outdoor enthusiast, a world traveler and an author, says his mother Brenda Cervantes. At the time of his death, Lodge was engaged to be married.
He never had the chance to meet his unborn daughter. However, in death Lodge gave dozens of people a second chance at life.
"He had put the 'D' on his driver's license," said Cervantes about her son's decision to become an organ donor. "He was all about reuse recycle, re-everything, repurpose."
According to Donate Life Northwest, Lodge's organs and tissue went to 88 people.
Sixty-seven-year-old Mary Parker of Astoria received Lodge's heart. Three months before he died, she suffered a massive heart attack. A mechanical heart kept her alive until the news came that doctors had found her perfect match.Read more - VIDEO: http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Ore-mom-hears-sons-heart-after-his-death/EpI2DSTRzEmuy0c-MmK3iw.cspx