- Every 11 minutes a new name appears on the organ transplant waiting list.
- For those that get transplants life is promising.
- Over 111,000 people need a transplant in the United States.
- Approximately 1,000 of those are in South Carolina.
- I was one of those names and received a double lung transplant in May of 2011.
- An organ donor saved my life.
- If you aren’t sure if you are in the organ donor registry, visit www.donatelifesc.org.
- Five minutes of your time to sign up could save someone’s life.
- Someone did it for me, and for that I am eternally grateful.
In 2007, I was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease. Before my illness, I climbed mountains and completed marathons. As my illness progressed, it became increasingly difficult to perform even routine daily activities. I was officially listed as critical on the organ donation list as a candidate for a lung transplant for nearly two weeks (and had been on the organ and bone marrow donor list myself for 20 years). In May of this year, I had a double lung transplant at MUSC and was discharged nine days after my surgery. I’m sharing this video with you because I want to share my story to educate others about organ donation and the gift of life.