Organ donors who allow others to live celebrated


The stories of a five-year-old boy who died from a brain aneurism, a patient who survived a deadly kidney disease and a grieving mother finding some sense of closure brought somber silence Thursday, April 21 to a section of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth that was followed immediately by prolonged applause.

Parker County resident, Barbara Midkiff, spoke at the event as she detailed her journey from being on the brink of death to speaking at the hospital in front of a crowd of people.

A public memorial was being held for transplant patients who had seen their lives saved by donors.

Midkiff was fighting a genetic and rare kidney disease known as polycystic kidney disease, which has no cure.

More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list for kidney transplants, according to the National Kidney Foundation and less than 17,000 people receive one each year.

Kidneys are by far the most requested form of organ transplants, according to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) statistics, with the second most requested organ, livers, only having an estimated list of 14,743 candidates.

UNOS is the private non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. Continue reading
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