A tribute to organ donors and their families

Rochester First | By MAUREEN MCGUIRE

It's hard to believe it's been three weeks already since Scott Hetsko returned to work. All of us at News 8 want to take a moment to say thank you to his heart donor and his heart donor's family. We're all too aware that because of a shortage of donors, too many people die waiting for life-saving transplants. Consider this fact:

According to health experts, 10% of all the people in the U.S. waiting for organ transplants, are New Yorkers. But New Yorkers represent only 3% of registered organ donors. That's why our gratitude for donors and their families, such as Kathy and Kevin Baker, runs so deep.

The Bakers feel the loss of their daughter every day, but there's never been a moment when they doubted their decision upon her death. "She'll always be such a part of me, but she lives on," says Kathy Baker. "She lives on in the truest sense of the word. Her heart is still beating."

Michelle was their daughter, and her death was sudden and unexpected. Continue reading