Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Saving A Life.....

I am blessed to have a job where I know I am making a difference every time a family agrees to organ donation. I will be the first to say that it is not easy to always get the families at this point, but when you do GREAT things happen. It was an honor to see that the unfortunate death of Natasha Richardson resulted in her family graciously donating her organs.

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Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson's Organs Donated After Her Death
As the loved ones of Natasha Richardson continue to mourn, a family decision made in the wake of the Tony-winning actress's sudden death March 18 has brought a measure of comfort: After Richardson was taken off life support at Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital, her family requested that her organs be donated to other patients whose lives they might save.

Organ donation "is very Natasha," a family friend says in the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. "She spent so much time fighting the stigma of AIDS; someone like that would naturally donate her organs. At least by donating her organs something good could come out of [the tragedy]."

Richardson, 45, died after falling during a ski lesson at a Canadian resort on March 16. An autopsy performed in New York City showed that a blow to her head had caused a fatal epidural hematoma, bleeding between her brain and her skull.

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