One person can save up to eight lives through organ donation. No one knows the impact of this more than the families and medical teams involved in the organ donation process.
Local organ donors and recipients recognized CAMC nurses and other staff for their dedication and support of the hospital’s organ donation program June 13 at CAMC General Hospital.
Lisa Johnson and Scott Robinson shared how giving and receiving the gift of life has changed their lives, and how appreciative they are for the skilled and compassionate nurses and physicians involved in the organ donation process.
Johnson’s 26-year-old daughter, Jasmine Moore, was killed in a car accident in September 2012.
Through organ donation Moore saved four lives, which inspired Johnson to become an advocate for organ donation.
“When my daughter died, the nurses and doctors didn’t just take care of my baby, they took care of me. Now I live my new mission daily as a donor mom,” Johnson said. “Two people who couldn’t see before are now seeing through my daughter’s eyes, and a father of seven who was running out of time received my daughter’s liver and is alive today. You never get over the pain and anguish of losing someone you love so tragically. But my daughter is my hero, and I want people to know how many lives one person can save through organ donation.”
Robinson, 42, received a new heart in August 2013 at Cleveland Clinic following multiple heart attacks and hospitalizations at CAMC Memorial Hospital.
“Someone lost their life so I could have this chance,” Robinson said. “I don’t know who my donor was, but I do everything I can to take care of this gift and be good to people.”
Because CAMC is home to the only kidney transplant center in the state, viable kidneys can be transplanted to matching recipients on site. More than 1,000 kidney transplants have been performed at CAMC over the past 26 years, including 17 transplants to date in 2014.
CAMC also participates in other organ, tissue and eye donations. Although these transplants do not take place at CAMC, many lives are saved from organs and tissue donated here.
“It’s important to share your wishes regarding donation with your family,” said Holly Mitchell, CORE’s regional professional services liaison. “The best way to do that is to have it appear on your driver’s license. It is also important to make family and friends aware of your wishes or to sign an Advanced Medical Directive.”
For more information about organ donation, visit core.org.