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Saturday, June 11, 2016

How one young organ donor gave five others a chance at life

On the left is Evan Kimball. On the right is L.B. LaForce, the man who received Evan's heart.
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In the lower right hand corner of Evan Kimball’s driver’s license was the word “DONOR” next to a red heart.

That meant he elected to be an organ donor when he was registering for his license at 16 years old.

Last October, at 18 years old, Evan was killed in a car crash.

Lydia and Ward Kimball are Evan’s parents. As the doctors recovered their son’s organs, the two worked on what’s called directed donation – they selected the patients to whom Evan would give a second chance.

“We actually reached out to family and friends and asked if they had anyone that they knew that was in need of a transplant,” Lydia Kimball said. Continue reading
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