Critical need for pediatric organ donors

WTNH | By Jocelyn Maminta Medical/Health Reporter

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — There are children on the list of patients waiting for a donated organ, but the number of young donors is far less, compared to adults who are willing to donate.

Organ donation is not an easy decision for many adults and when it comes to children, parents don’t often think about donating a child’s organs in their time of grief.

Cory Garwacki was not expected to live more than a few days after he was born.

“Cory was born with short gut syndrome which meant he was missing most of his intestine,” said his mother, Elizabeth Garwacki.

Over and over again, he defied the odds of surviving.

“He had permanent intravenous lines in his body where he would get I-V solutions and give him the nutrition that he needed,” said Garwacki. Continue reading