Families need to know of dying decision to donate organs

Rocia Mejia, minority outreach coordinator for Intermountain Donor Services, and Lisa Osmond look over the names of more than 5,000 organ donors on the Celebration of Life Donor Monument in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The organs of Osmond's son, Adam, were donated 13 years ago.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
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SALT LAKE CITY — Hours before London Layton died in her sleep, she had checked a little box on her learner's permit application to become an organ donor.

After a brief conversation that day in December, the 15-year-old had told her mom, "Of course I'd help," Casey Layton, London's father said Thursday.

"That made it easy for us as parents to know what to do and why we would do it," he said. "It does bring some peace to us to know that she had an opportunity to help someone else."

More than 1.5 million Utahns have declared themselves organ donors, should their own lives be cut short. But Alex McDonald, director of public relations at Intermountain Donor Services, said even more than the check mark, family and friends need to know of the decision because they are often the ones left to make it happen.

"Life sometimes takes a turn and you don't expect it," said Gerri Osman, whose 16-year-old son was hit by a car while walking to East High School 10 years ago and ultimately suffered a fatal head injury. She had been "on the fence" about organ donation, but her son, Sebastian, was certain he wanted to do it after a presentation in his driver education class. Continue reading
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