DL Life Logo - - - - 121,159 AMERICANS ARE CANDIDATES ON THE UNOS TRANSPLANT WAIT LIST DL Life Logo 100,376 waiting for a kidney DL Life Logo 14,753 wait-listed for a liver DL Life Logo 1,029 waiting for a pancreasDL Life Logo 1,924 needing a Kidney-PancreasDL Life Logo 4,156 waiting for a life-saving heartDL Life Logo 1,469 waiting for a lungDL Life Logo 42 waiting for a heart-lungDL Life Logo 269 waiting for small bowelDL Life Logo One organ donor has the opportunity to save up to 8 lives DL Life Logo One tissue donor has the opportunity to save and -or enhance the lives of 50 or more individuals DL Life Logo An average of 22 people die everyday while waiting for a transplant. DL Life Logo You have the power to SAVE Lives by becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor, so what are you waiting for? To learn how to register click HEREDL Life Logo

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Brandon Brewer loses battle with terminal illness

Brande Brewer poses with her son Brandon Brewer, then 16. He battled Hirschsprung's disease, a rare genetic disorder that left his body unable to process food. (Photo: DNJ file)
THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL | Nacy De Gennaro

SMYRNA — Local transplant patient Brandon Brewer has died after battling a lifelong genetic disorder.

Brewer, 24, died at Tuesday night at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh after an extended bout with infection.

“I was able to hear 'I love you' for the very last time,” said his mother, Brande Brewer, who was able to be at her son’s side during his last breaths. “I kissed him one last time.”

Brandon Brewer first captured the hearts of the local community 20 years ago with his blonde curls and vivacious spirit. Despite the tubes, shots and inability to eat solid food, the preschooler remained in highest spirits.

“He was my boy angel,” Brande Brewer said.

Brandon was born with Hirschsprung's disease, a condition that prevented his body from absorbing nutrients from food. He spent his first years on a feeding tube, which, while keeping him alive, was destroying his liver.

Brandon received a small bowel transplant at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1996, but rejected that organ and had it removed in 2007. He underwent a second transplant surgery for small and large bowels in 2008.

His life was spent in and out of hospitals battling infections and then rejections. Time after time, the community would rally around the family to help with medical bills and transportation to keep his mother by his side during these trials. Continue reading
_______________________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
Please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America

...to ensure donation happens, please share your donation decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you plan to leave.

No comments: