After Her Life-Saving Heart Transplant, Rockland County Woman Recruits 10K Organ Donors

CBS New York | Cindy Hsu

RAMAPO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Ever since her life-saving heart transplant, a Rockland County woman has been paying it forward.

As CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reported, Roxanne Watson often carries a picture of the young man who saved her life when he died in a motorcycle accident seven years ago. He served in the Coast Guard and had registered as an organ donor in several states.

“He was an organ donor. He was signed up in New York, New Jersey and in the Coast Guard, and he was a fireman and an EMT. So he was a lifesaver,” Watson told Hsu.

She had waited two years for a heart transplant before 23-year-old Michael Bovill gave her his heart. She has since become very close with Bovill’s family, and just a few weeks ago, his father listened to his heart beating in her chest.

“I was dying. So, even when I was in the hospital, I said if I lived, I would do this work,” Watson said. Continue reading

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