Eugene Raposa is the proud father of a healthy 29-year-old woman. He can say that thanks to the surgery and the selfless act that saved his daughter's life about six years ago.
When Michelle Raposa needed a kidney transplant, she found a match in the wife of her father's cousin. The transplant was a success and Michelle has enjoyed a full life since. A teacher at Tiverton High School, she coaches sports for special needs students.
"She was one of the lucky ones," Raposa said of his daughter while standing at the busy entrance to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles on Plymouth Avenue in Fall River.
It might seem like an odd location to talk about a loved one's recovery, but for people such as Raposa who have witnessed the life-giving power of organ donation, it's the perfect place. Statistics show that 99.8 percent of all state residents who designate themselves organ and tissue donors do so at the RMV, according to the Waltham-based New England Organ Bank.
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