Organ donations up 16% in Arizona

KSAZ | Stephanie Olmo
Surgeons conduct a live donor kidney transplant. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
More and more people in Arizona are giving the gift of life. Over 250 donors in Arizona gave the gift of life to 701 people, through organ donation. That represents a 16 percent increase from 2016.

"It's just great to know how many lives are being enhanced by the gift of organ donation," said Caylyn Crawford. She never imagined any of her kids ever needing a heart transplant.

In 2015, however, Crawford's son, Oliver, was born prematurely, with a heart defect.

"Every time we met with doctors, the prognoses got worse," said Crawford. "We were eventually informed his only chance for survival was going to be a heart transplant."

Crawford prayed for the best, but feared for the worst. Continue reading

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