Critically injured, she made a selfless decision to donate her organs. Immediately

STAR TELEGRAM | Paul Hanna


FORT WORTH Critically injured in a motorcycle crash, Kammey Bagwell didn’t hesitate with her decision.

When told by doctors that she would spend the rest of her life — perhaps 4 of 5 years — as a quadriplegic and would need a ventilator to breathe, Bagwell indicated that she wanted to donate her organs.

Bagwell, 40 years old and a deeply religious woman, was ready.

“She wanted it done instantly,” said her mother, Neta Acuna. “She wanted to go home.”

A year later, Bagwell’s selfless resolve is not forgotten.

“She was the bravest patient I had ever seen,” said Tasha Horton, manager of hospital donation services at LifeGift, the designated organ procurement organization for the area. “She had no fear in her eye. I will always remember her.”

The crash happened on April 30, and Bagwell soon learned of her prognosis as a quadriplegic. Her mother said Bagwell was told about the ventilator and that her organs would eventually fail. A doctor asked her if she wanted to live that way. Continue reading 

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