Local family recounts decision of whether to donate loved one's organs

WHAM | Carlet Cleare
Heather Semans' family faced a decision after her death: Whether or not to donate her organs (WHAM photo
Rochester, N.Y. – One year ago, 13WHAM’s newest member, Scott Hetsko, received a new heart from a donor.

Friday, we heard from a family on the other side, torn over whether to donate the organs of a loved one who was not on the registry.

The Semans family said agreeing to donate their loved one’s liver was the right thing to do – but it was a challenging decision. They said, had she been a registered donor, it would have been much easier on the family.

Last year, complications from Type 1 Diabetes cut Heather Semans’ life short at the age of 36.

Her sudden passing left her family with an important decision – and they had to make it quickly. The choice: Whether to donate their daughter’s organs. Family members were divided. While Heather’s mother supported decision, her father and brother weren’t so sure. Continue reading 
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