Area Residents Know Importance of Organ Donation

THE INTELLIGENCER. Wheeling News-Register | Linda Comins
Photo by Linda Comins Promoting awareness of organ donation at WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, from left, are Angela Hockman, professional services liaison with the Center for Organ Recovery & Education; Dave Leasure of Middlebourne; his wife, Mindy, a double lung transplant recipient; and Roseann Teramana, a kidney donor from Wheeling.
GLEN DALE — Two area women — a transplant recipient and a living donor — speak from different perspectives but share a core belief in the importance of organ donation.

They told their stories at a National Donate Life Month program held at West Virginia University Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital recently. During the event, a representative of the Center for Organ Recovery & Education presented a Donate Life flag to the hospital.

Mindy Leasure, 66, of Middlebourne said she got a second chance at life on Dec. 29, 2015, when she received a double lung transplant at UPMC in Pittsburgh. The surgery ended “eight long years of continuous oxygen” therapy for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“COPD no longer has me in its grasp. I am no longer tethered to oxygen tanks,”said Leasure, who was released from the hospital on Feb. 3, 2016. “I cannot explain the freedom my donor has given me.”

Upon receiving a call that donor lungs were available, she said, “I was not nervous. I was not scared. I was ready.” Continue reading
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