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Friday, April 8, 2016

UC San Diego Medical Center shines light on organ donation

CBS 8 San Diego | Richard Allyn

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - UC San Diego Medical Center is shinning a light on the need for organ donation and on Wednesday former patients who have received the precious gift of life shared their inspiring stories.

The state of California has the nation's largest and longest wait list for organs with 23,000 potential and hopeful recipients.

More than 2,000 of those potential and hopeful recipients are in San Diego.

For 20-years, Chula Vista resident Inez Lontayo suffered from diabetes and depended on insulin to survive. Lontayo received a double organ transplant which literally gave her her life back.

"I feel blessed every day. I am here to say that my life is better now than it has been in 20-years," she said.

Her donor was 29-year-old Galen Hatcher who was tragically killed in December of 2014, in the Gaslamp. Out of that tragedy five other lives were saved, including Inez's. Continue reading

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