Organ donation is the gift that keeps on giving


Even in his death, Trooper Steven Vincent is giving the ultimate gift, life, to people desperately waiting on organs and healthy tissue by becoming a donor.

The day before Trooper Vincent was shot, he ran a marathon. He was the model of tip-top health.

In becoming an organ donor, he is transforming the health of those dependent on a stranger’s generosity. That is something Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson acknowledged publicly. “Trooper Steven Vincent just continues to keep giving,” he said, “He’s donated his organs, his very healthy organs that someone around this country will receive.”

The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, or LOPA, flag was raised outside Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Monday while transplant teams were with Trooper Vincent. For two days, they worked to retrieve organs and tissue, then connect those donations with people in the most need, explains LOPA community educator, Suzanna Morton. “They all have a very short amount of time, so once the recovery begins, it’s actually pretty quick. Really the time-consuming part is finding the matches, coordinating the recovery teams to come in, scheduling the operating room,” she said. Continue reading