Kids' Before and After Photos Highlight Importance of Organ Donation

ABC NEWS GO | Genevieve Shaw Brown

Just look at them now.

Through the selfless act of strangers, these children -- now healthy and happy -- were given the gift of life.

They're the subject of a new photo series by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Each child was photographed pre- and post-organ transplant. The kids were the recipients of hearts, kidneys and livers.

"An organ transplant is a life-saving, life-changing gift. For these nine kids, donated organs allowed them to move beyond a life filled with beeping monitors and hospital gowns to get back to the dinner tables and classrooms where they belong," according to the children's hospital Facebook page.

CHOA wants to bring awareness to organ donation and hopes that the photo series will inspire more people to register as organ donors. Several recipients were not even one year old when they got their life-saving organs.


"After a virus attacked Kate’s liver, it was left damaged beyond repair," CHOA wrote on its blog. "Kate waited in the hospital for months before the gift of life arrived. As Kate prepared for surgery, her giraffe companion, Spots, prepared too. On transplant day, staff wheeled Kate and Spots into the operating room with matching caps. Now a thriving second grader, Kate still keeps Spots by her side." Continue reading
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