When I show up on a call, let's say a serious accident, there is absolutely no consideration as to whether or not the patient is an organ donor. Sometimes I am lucky enough for the patient to be alert enough to tell me their name but if they are unconscious we don't even stick around the scene long enough to find out what their name is, much less if they are an organ donor. At the hospital they are usually registered under an alias like Hotel 54 and the trauma team gets to work stabilizing the patient. All this is usually done without ever having seen the patients drivers license or donor status. In my entire career I have never once heard a doctor, surgeon, paramedic, EMT, nurse, chaplain, firefighter, or police officer make a patient care decision based on the patients donor status.
Your probably wondering why this is stuck in my craw all of the sudden and here's the reason.
This beautiful 1 year old is the son of a colleague. His family was notified this morning that there was a liver available for him and he is probably undergoing surgery as we speak. The donor or the donor's family made what must have been a very difficult choice to donate their loved one's organs so that this little guy could have a second chance.
This is my husbands cousin James. Today would have been James' 32nd birthday. James died suddenly several years ago and his family made the difficult and generous decision to donate all of his organs. Because of James and his family there are now several people living healthy, productive lives.
So I am asking for a few things today. First I am asking you to consider being an organ donor. If you are already an organ donor please do not rely on that little sticker on your driver's license. Please let your family and friends know about your wishes to be a donor and put it in writing. When these situations arise there is so much to think about and the clearer your wishes are the better.
Secondly, I know that I have many spiritual readers out there. I am asking you to take the time today to send a prayer, moment of silence, or just some positive energy out for my friends son and family as they have a long journey ahead and also a thought or prayer for the donors family as they have suffered a very difficult loss.
You can find out more about organ donation here.
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