FAMILY USES TRAGEDY TO EDUCATE OTHERS ABOUT NEED FOR ORGAN AND TISSUE DONORS

WCBI | Allie Martin
ABERDEEN, MISS. (WCBI) – For Steve and Laura Gaskin, spending time in their son Matthew’s room is one way to deal with a tragedy that struck their family nearly ten years ago. It was January 25th 2008 when the Gaskins got word their 23 year old son had been killed in a car wreck.

“The police came to Lann Chemical, the office I work at, they asked to speak to me, just like you see in the movies and then everything changed in our life,” Steve said.

Matthew had just received his EMT license after changing majors several times as a student at MSU. And about a month and a half before the wreck, Matthew and his parents had a discussion about the importance of being an organ and tissue donor.

“After a man in our church was diagnosed with liver failure and needed a transplant and after church one day we were told about how fast he was declining and we talked about donation and Matthew, said, take everything I have I’m not going to need it where I’am going,” Laura said. Continue reading
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