I asked fellow blogger and organ/tissue donation advocate Sarah from Anna’s Place to provide us with an entry for our ninth chapter of the Illinois Donor Diaries. Sarah did a great post last month about our initial conversation and with some insight as to why she felt it was important to contribute with her and Anna’s story. Furthermore, I love that Sarah and Anna rock these shirts around, what a great way to generate conversation about organ/tissue donation!
Anna had her Kasai at 8weeks of age. She did well at first, but then she developedcholangitis, which is an infection in the liver. After weeks of treatment with strong antibiotics through a pic line (this enabled her to come home so that we could administer her medication), we could tell that Anna was still not well. She was soon admitted into the Pediatric ICU. Anna was very sick, she was then put on the transplant list for a liver. Luckily for Anna, I was tested to be her donor right away, and found to be a match. Anna received her liver on March 6, 2002 from her mother.
Unfortunately, living donation is not available in all cases. There is still a great need for organs. So many people don’t understand the importance of organ donation and what a gift it can be. If myself, or any of my family, weren’t able to donate to Anna, I would have hoped that someone would have made the selfless choice to donate their own, or their loved ones organs. Otherwise, Anna would not be here with us today.
There are so many people waiting. Take a moment to register today to help save lives.
Sarah – Chicago, IL