Before it even begins, our series on organ donation came with a surprise

INDY STAR | Amanda Kingsbury
Giancarlo Gomez, 5, holds one of his drawings while sitting his mother Amie Welsh pose for a photo in the IndyStar studio in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. In November of 2017, Giancarlo was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare form of heart muscle disease. Giancarlo is a level 2 patient on the list for a heart transplant and is well enough to live at home while on oral medications. (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)
To kick off our series on organ donation, we planned to introduce you to four Hoosiers who are waiting for life-saving transplants.

But organ donation doesn't care about our deadlines. After writing his story on Jowharah Abdulraheem, Will Higgins got a call on March 29: The 30-year-old mom was in surgery at St. Vincent Hospital.

Abdulraheem had been very sick for eight years and on the transplant waiting list since last July.

But that's how organ donation works sometimes. Weeks, months or years of limbo, followed by a life-changes-in-an-instant phone call.

How you can help: Here’s how to become an organ donor and save lives

More than 1,300 people across Indiana are waiting for that call — including three we profile: Giancarlo Gomez, a 5-year-old who needs a heart; Roy Streater, a Ben Davis High School teacher who needs a liver; and Teri Lindzy, a former bartender who has to skip her first Carb Day in years because her one healthy kidney is failing. Continue reading
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