The singer/songwriter Don McLean was correct when he wrote February made me shiver/With every paper I delivered/Bad news on the doorstep/I couldn’t take one more step. Organ donation makes this month at least a little warmer.
I’m not very good at this time of year because my 46-year-old brother died of a brain aneurysm on Feb. 13, 2008. He suffered the aneurysm on the 12th but was kept alive for 24 hours for harvesting organs.
From what I’m aware of, he donated his kidney to a 26-year-old who waited for 13 years. He also donated his corneas and his veins for bypass procedures.
According to the website organdonor.gov, 109,719 people wait for an organ. 18 people die each day waiting for an organ. 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives. This site makes it super-duper easy to register. Click on the upper right hand corner to register with your state.
- 300 in NI await organ donations (bbc.co.uk)