East Alabama Medical Center recognizes Donate Life Month

OPIELIKA-AUBURN NEWS | Lindy Oller
In recognition of Donate Life Month, the East Alabama Medical Center held a ceremony Thursday to educate the community about the need for organ donors and to celebrate the lives that have been changed by organ donations.

Proclamations for Donate Life Month were presented by Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and Auburn Mayor Bill Ham at the ceremony.

The event kicked off with an update from Auburn resident Amanda Boswell, whose then five-month-old son Davis received a heart Nov. 30, 2015 from Jonathan and Holley Perry’s six-month-old son John Clarke, who passed away from an abnormal vessel malformation. The Perrys are from Monroe, Louisiana.

Before receiving the heart transplant, Davis spent nearly five months on the assistance of a rare Berlin heart – a device that worked as a temporary bridge until a donor heart became available. Born on June 30, 2015, his health issues stemmed from contracting Enterovirus at just a few days old, which interfered with the way his left ventricle pumped blood. He was cleared to go home on Jan. 28, 2016.

Davis was the highlight of last year’s ceremony and for which ESPN did a College Gameday special titled “Heart of a Tiger” in Sept. 24, 2016. On the day of the special, over 14,000 people registered to become organ donors. Continue reading
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