At any given moment, there are 124,000 people in America waiting for an organ donation that could save their life. Erik Compton has been one of those people -- twice, actually.
Two heart transplants later, the golfer has resumed his PGA Tour career, even enjoying a brief burst of success. And with April designated as National Donate Life Month, Compton is doing his part to get the word out on the difference organ donations can make.
"Not everybody gets a transplant in time," Compton says. "But on the flipside, accidents happen. I'm a result of someone who was in a hit-and-run accident. I know the donor's family.
"I've been having health issues most of my life, and someone who is healthy most of their life is struck by a car and their life is ended."
That, Compton says, is the paradox of organ donation. People don't expect to die in accidents -- they don't plan on being hit by a car, or falling and hitting their head. And by the time those accidents do occur, those individuals are too late to register as organ donors. Instead, an opportunity to save other people's lives is lost in the wake of that tragedy. Continue reading
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