Giving the Gift of Life:Personal Stories are Driving Force for Organ Donation

REVERE JOURNAL | Kate Askinger

When an unexpected tragedy took the life of Carol Dullea’s grandson, Ethan, some 17 years ago, the pain was incomprehensible.

However, last week, she said the dagger of that situation was dulled for her family when they decided to donate Ethan’s organs.

“It softens the sorrow and lightens the darkness,” said Dullea. “When we found out his liver would save another young boy, it was like the sun came out.”

Revere City Hall was filled with such emotion on Wednesday morning, May 11, as those affected by organ donation came out to share their personal stories.

One of those personal stories was imparted by Mayor Brian Arrigo himself.

In July of 2014, Arrigo’s father was the recipient of a double lung transplant. Since the procedure, Mayor Arrigo has gotten married, had a child and become mayor. These precious days spent with his father would’ve sadly been missed had some generous person not declared themselves as a donor.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have additional days with my father thanks to the incredible technology today,” said Arrigo. Continue reading
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