MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

January 6, 2014

Save a life and be an organ donor

Nearly 20 people in the United States will die today awaiting an organ donation.

More than 118,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ. Fewer than 80 people receive organ transplants daily, meaning about 90,000 of those still will be awaiting a transplant in a year’s time. While you are reading this paper, another person will be added to the waiting list.

And one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

One area woman knows that, and she said her family has grown as a result.

Louise Tibbs recently met Jim Murrell. Murrell, from Alabama, is the recipient of a heart donated by Tibbs’ son, Richard “Dickie” Lowe, 50, who was killed while walking down U.S. 69 in May.

Tibbs said seeing Murrell as she walked into the room cemented something she felt was like a “dream.”

“I felt so much joy and happiness,” Tibbs said. “I was relieved it wasn’t a dream. There won’t be closure for us until we find out more details about his (Lowe’s) death, but this is just such a good experience.”

Lowe shows just how important and crucial organ donors are.

It is a selfless act. Many others will be able to enjoy life because of the decision.

It’s an honorable thing to do.

To donate

For instructions on how to become an organ donor, log on to http://www.organdonor.

gov/becomingdonor.

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