Teen organ donor saves nearly 100-lives

(Photo: Frank Galipo/Correspondent)
MONMOUTH COUNTY, Nj.– A New jersey teenager, who died last year, is helping others even after his death. The 15-year old’s organs and tissues were donated, helping save almost 100-hundred lives. His family met the woman who received his pancreas, on Sunday.

Missy Masse walked through the door of the New Jersey Sharing Network and into the open arms of the Bautista family. Masse’s six-hour drive from Williamsport, Pa. to Monmouth County, New Jersey may not have happened at all, if it wasn’t for the life-saving donation from their 15-year-old son.

Last May, Luke Bautista died in an accident at their home. The heart-wrenching decision was made by older brother C.J. to donate Luke’s organs.

“It’s pretty crazy you can take parts of him and put them in someone else. There’s living on now and improved Missy’s life and it’s pretty cool,” said CJ Bautista, Luke’s brother.

Missy needed a pancreas. The call came, the organ arrived, and after an 8-hour surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Luke’s pancreas was working inside her body. Continue reading

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