Have you ever wondered if being a donor after death is worth the emotional cost to your family? I had always thought that one or two people may benefit from a donor but recently a family member passed away and I found out differently. In case you are interested in this subject, I would like to share this information with you.
This relative donated his body and the Drs were able to help a twenty five year-old man and a forty five year-old woman with knee surgery. The odd thing to me is my relative had very bad knees, but I guess they were able to use the good parts. A man who could not walk was able to again after he had foot surgery using my relatives donation.
There were also twenty four other people, both men and women, from age thirty nine years to sixty four years old who were helped with back and spine surgeries. So far the number of people who received his donations numbers twenty seven.
But that is not all. We learned that his tissues and bones can be used for many years in the future since it is kept for just that purpose.
This was a difficult decision for our family and it is also very hard to write about. However the good that was done far outweighs the uncomfortable feelings. Of course no names were used when the donations were given or who they were from as it should be. But it seems miraculous to me that one person's death and donation can help so many people have a better way of life.
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