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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Woman gives away organ meant for her to save stranger

Brenda Jones, left, is credited with saving the life of Abigail Flores after giving away her spot on the liver transplant waiting list.(Photo: WFAA)
USA TODAY | Seeka Sanhori

DALLAS - After waiting a year to get to the top of the waiting list for a new liver, a woman made an incredible sacrifice for a stranger, one that doctors said they'd never seen before.

Brenda Jones, 69, opted to put herself back on the waiting list for a liver transplant in order to save the life of another woman who had a more urgent need. Doctors believed that Abigail Flores, 23, had at most 24 hours to live if she didn't get a new liver.

“The judgment behind it seemed very clear, but it still felt unorthodox nonetheless,” said Dr. Greg McKenna, a Baylor Hospital surgeon.

The liver was a match for both women. Jones said it was easy for her to make the decision to give the liver to Flores.

“In my heart, I wouldn’t have been able to live with the liver if I had let this little girl die," Jones said. "And I still had more time ... I would have been a very selfish person." 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
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: