More than 100,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ donation, according to the Mayo Clinic. “Unfortunately,” the Minnesota-based nonprofit says, “many may never get the call saying that a suitable donor organ — and a second chance at life — has been found.”
It would be hard to find better inspiration for making the lifesaving decision to be an organ donor than the story of Arianna Morales and Kyree Beachem.
Arianna’s parents, Luis and Evelyn Morales, of Lancaster city, chose to donate their daughter’s organs when it became clear the 5-year-old — born with a brain disorder called lobar holoprosencephaly — was not getting oxygen to her brain.
When she died Nov. 23, Gift of Life found matches for all of her eligible organs except her lungs.
The four people who received Arianna’s organs included Kyree Beachem, an 8-year-old girl at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She had been waiting five years for a new liver, small bowel and pancreas. Continue reading