To the Editor:
My wife died in June 2011.
She shouldn’t have. She didn’t have to. She had the best doctors in McHenry. She had the best doctors and facility in Chicago – Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s liver transplant department. She had a 97 percent chance of full recovery.
However, when the time came to save her life, there was no donor organ available, and she died.
Eighteen patients die every day, and 120,000 more in the U.S. wait and pray for the life-saving donor organ.
I am bitter and angry because this death rate does not have to be. All of us easily can solve this problem ourselves. Simply sign on as an organ donor. What can be easier? Yet, as the need goes up, the donor pool is stalling? Why?
Why can’t you take a few seconds to sign up? I would hope and pray that if any of you or your families ever needed a transplant it would be there for them.
A single donor possibly could save eight lives and restore eyesight to another. Think about this. What greater memory could you have of a loved one, and what greater legacy than to know that in their passing they gave the gift of life to another?
April is organ donor month.