Advocates salute donor families

DAILY JOURNAL | Michaela Gibson Morris
TUPELO – Matthew Gaskin aspired to help people as an emergency medical technician.
The 23-year-old Aberdeen man ended up aiding 48 people as a tissue donor when a 2008 car wreck ended his life. Gaskin’s parents, Steve and Laura Gaskin, shared his story during a Donate Life Month ceremony at North Mississippi Medical Center on Friday morning.

“His giving to others has been such a blessing to us,” Laura Gaskin said. “God has used it to help us heal.”

During Friday’s ceremony, Laura Gaskin talked about how the transplant journey of a member of their church prompted a family conversation about organ donation. Matthew Gaskin, who had found his calling in emergency services, had no reservations about organ and tissue donation in the case of his death.

“I’m not going to need it where I’m going,” Gaskin remembered her son saying.Tupelo neurosurgeon Dr. Hunt Bobo urged more people to consider becoming organ donors and sharing their wishes with their families. Continue reading
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