SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Most of us check the organ donor box on our driver's licenses. Then, we usually don't think of it again.
For some, that check mark is saving lives.
“It’s a tragedy that puts us in this situation and people are waiting on a list - a long list," said Danette McManus.
That list is an organ transplant list - 118,000 people are on it and 22 of them die every day, awaiting a new organ.
Adele Tilley was a child when her father’s health began declining due to diabetes.
“He’d come home from work and pretty much go to sleep," Tilley said.
In 2006, Dane Tilley needed a kidney transplant. Organ transplants were not new to the Tilley family.
Adele’s aunt had a lung transplant and her cousin had a double cornea transplant, and when it seemed like Dane may never get the kidney he needed, his sister stepped forward. Continue reading