2017 was a record year for organ donations

EURONEWS | Maggie Fox
Honor student Victoria Arias, 18, died last July and her organs went to four different people. She was among 10,000 organ donors in 2017, a record year for organ donation. Yesenia Rios Courtesy Lorena Arias
Victoria Arias wanted to save lives.

The 18-year-old Arizona honor student was preparing to head to St. Mary's University of Minnesota with the hope of becoming a doctor.

She played the violin and volleyball, and was a devout Catholic who had saved up for a pilgrimage to Rome to see the pope. Victoria had plans for the future.

"She wanted to be a trauma surgeon," her mother, Lorena Arias, said. "She had big dreams. She was going to do it."

Victoria did end up saving lives, but not in the way anyone expected. Last July, Lorena found Victoria unconscious in the backyard pool. She never recovered.

But Victoria's kidneys, liver, lungs and heart went to four people who'd been waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.

"She was just an amazing child and an amazing person. Now she is even more amazing."

She was among the 10,000 people whose organs were donated in 2017 — the first year more than 10,000 people have donated organs to others after they died, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing(UNOS). Continue reading

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