Legacy of Hope

Our son-in-law Michael died in June after an April 2020 lung transplant. He had 16 good months without supplemental oxygen, but he was up against a genetic condition called short telomere syndrome. His last several months involved numerous hospitalizations. This is the first time I’ve mentioned Michael’s death, due to our daughter’s concern about identity theft and the normal delay in securing a death certificate when a body has been donated for medical research.

Michael knew the rejection couldn’t be reversed, but he continued to fight until one week before his death, when he finally opted for palliative care. He had fought for time and for other transplant patients who benefited from the transplant team’s learning from Michael’s response to new treatments. Many years ago, he made the decision to donate his body to science. He benefited from a young man’s decision to be an organ donor and he wanted to pay it forward.

Each state has a process for donors. COVID-19 has changed some of the protocols. Two resources are the Anatomical Donor Program at UAB’s Heersink School of Medicine (205-934-4494) and Legacy of Hope, Alabama’s Organ & Tissue Donation Alliance (800-252-3677). In the US, 114,000 people are on a waiting list for a lifesaving transplant. Up to eight lives can be saved by a single organ donor, and up to 100 lives can be improved by a single tissue donor. It’s truly a way to leave a legacy of hope.

From Legacy of Hope

4 thoughts on “Legacy of Hope”

  1. I am so sorry to read about the hard journey your family has been on. May your son-in-law‘s donation of his body do a great deal of good.


  2. I’m so sorry to learn this Ted. Grateful for his life and the choices he made to help others. Prayer and much love for all of your family.


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