New Yorkers Kick Off Push For Organ Donation Awareness

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Organ donation awareness kicked off on Tuesday with a big push to help save lives.

As CBS2’s Jennifer Mclogan reported, there are five times as many
patients waiting for organs than those willing to donate.

But in Hicksville, Jennifer Lentini’s broken
heart was replaced with Matthew Brannon’s.

“We wept over Matthew. I just hugged her and she hugged me and I got to say thank you,” said Lentini.

And in Wading River, about three months after signing “yes” to organ donation on his driver’s license permit, Thomas Cutinella died on a high school football field.

His mother was able to run the Tunnel to Towers 5K alongside the recipient of her son’s heart.

But success stories like those are lacking, McLogan reported.

“New York is dying. We are number 50 our of 50 states,” said one woman.

It’s an embarrassing statistic, according to
doctors, organ donors and some of New York’s 10,000 families of loved ones fighting to hang on until a match can be found. Continue reading