Days from death and fighting for his life, 5-month-old Smith Webster received an liver transplant from an organ donation after being diagnosed with a rare liver disorder.
“Flooding into my thoughts came the hopes and dreams my husband and I had for Smith. The holidays we envisioned sharing with him and all the ‘firsts,’” said Smith’s mother Holly. “We were so close to not having any of those memories.”
Smith is just one of many lives that have been saved as a result of organ donations by Kentuckians. Last year, 324 lives were saved through Kentucky organ donations, according to a recent news release. That includes organs from 110 people. Another 327 tissue donors helped over 1,000 patients to heal.
“Stories about patients, like Smith, drive us to do this important work,” Christian Circuit Clerk Gary Haddock said in the release. “Your Circuit Clerk’s office educates all Kentuckians about the lifesaving mission of organ donation. We ask every person getting a license or ID if they would like to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. No child, or spouse or grandparent or friend, should die waiting for a transplant. All of us can do something to give hope. We can register as a donor.”
The top place Kentuckians are registering as organ donors? Circuit Clerk’s offices in the state.
Nearly 24,000 Christian County residents are registered as organ donors. Statewide, 1.7 million people are registered, 53 percent of Kentuckians, the release said. Christian County also collected $3,331 for Trust for Life, a nonprofit dedicated to educating people about organ donations and helping patients in need.
Because of those donations, Smith is a happy and healthy two-year-old who had an opportunity to experience those ‘firsts’ with his family, according to his mother.
“I will forever be grateful that someone chose life and hope for my son when we were desperate for a miracle.”
Source: Organ donations saved 324 lives in Kentucky last year | Web | Kentucky New Era