Tucson teen part of Arizona's record number of organ donations

TUCSON NEWS NOW | Heather Jansen
Victoria Arias (Source: San Miguel High School)
More people donated organs last year than ever before in Arizona. All across the state, 267 life saving decisions were made.

Within that statistic is Tucson teen, 18-year-old Victoria Arias. Her parents were left empty by her passing, but are now full of pride.

Victoria Arias was known among her community as a beloved family member, Mariachi lover, and a great student. She had hopes of becoming a trauma surgeon to help others. Shortly after her death, she was still able to add 'lifesaver' to her list of titles.

Victoria's father, Michael Arias, told Tucson News Now, "We said Victoria give us a sign. Give us a sign of what you want and in walked Patrick."

Patrick was with Donate Life Arizona, a non-profit advocating for the importance of organ donation. His appearance marked a powerful moment for Michael and his wife, Lorena. Continue reading

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