Gift of life: Ceremony honors organ donors

THE SPECTRUM | Kevin Jenkins
Todd and Peggy Woolley of Ivins City talk about the death of their son Ryan, pictured, and the people he was able to help posthumously through organ donation. The Woolleys were participating in a ceremony at Dixie Regional Medical Center to honor organ donors as part of National Donate Life Month.(Photo: Kevin Jenkins / The Spectrum & Daily News)
Peggy Woolley stood watching her son as he lay at death’s door, a doctor’s pronouncement of brain death ringing in her ears as questions about his fate were joined by one she hadn’t expected to deal with.

Was the Ivins City family ready to let Ryan’s organs be taken so someone else waiting, and hoping, could get a chance to prolong their life?

“April 30, 2014, we learned from Dr. (Theodore) Moon right here that our son wasn’t going to make it,” Peggy told a small group gathered at Dixie Regional Medical Center’s north Hope and Healing Garden on Friday. “(The donation) was Ryan’s decision – he marked yes on his driver’s license. … Because of Ryan’s donation, there are six people out there. Five of them are doing excellent. … And we can’t be more pleased to turn our tragedy into something good.”

A white banner with the words “Donation Saves Lives” fluttered beneath the American flag overhead, an ever-present reminder that it’s possible to snatch some form of victory from the jaws of medical defeat. Continue reading
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