April is “National Donate Life Month.”
Anderson was seven months pregnant with her first child in 2006, when she lost the baby after her blood pressure shot up and developed into pre-eclampsia. Her own life was also in jeopardy, but was saved with a liver transplant three days later. After complications with that transplant, Anderson received a second liver a few days later. In 2008, after being warned that another pregnancy could be life-threatening, she underwent an in-vitro fertilization procedure and with the help of a surrogate carrier, became the mother of Rex. “The gifts I received from strangers made all the difference in whether or not I lived and ultimately gave me the opportunity to become a mother,” says Anderson.
A special education teacher, Anderson is also the lead Donate Life Ambassador for Los Angeles.
See her story and video: http://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?id=1009