TO REMEMBER ME
The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet neatly tucked under four corners of a mattress located in a hospital busily occupied with the living and the dying. At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes my life has stopped.
When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don't call this my deathbed. Let it be called the bed of life and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives.
Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby's face or love in the eyes of a woman.
Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.
Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his granchildren play.
Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to live from week to week.
Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.
Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that someday, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window.
Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow.
If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man.
Give my sins to the devil.
Give my soul to God.
If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.
If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.
Our Story of Organ Donation
By Karen Loomis
The green ribbon is the national symbol for organ and tissue donation. Please take time to think about what you and your family would do if faced with this decision. Long before I became a nurse, I felt that organ donation was the "right" thing to do. I had already told my husband that he better tell me if he didn’t want to be one, because if it was left up to me and something happened, he would be a donor. I had said on several occasions that I thought that donating your child’s organs would be hard, but that it would be the "right" thing to do. I never thought that I would be put to the test to prove what I was saying.
July, 1999, was one of the happiest and the saddest times of our life. We were overjoyed with the birth of our fourth daughter. We never knew until the moment that she was born that there were any problems with her. We were blessed to have her for 3 very short days. We made the most of those days. We were trying to make as many memories as we could because we knew that we would not have her for long. During that time we made the decision to donate her organs. It took about ten hours to be sure that we would be able to follow through, because her size limited whom she would be compatible with. We know that if receiving an organ had helped her, we would have taken it in a split second. So how could we not donate? Late that last evening, I remember walking into her room and thinking: I can’t do it. I can’t let them cut her heart out! In the next second, I was thinking about how happy that family in Michigan was right then. We knew that we were going to lose our little angel, but how could we put another family through the same thing when we knew that we could (hopefully) help.
Sending our daughter to surgery was the hardest and the easiest thing that we have ever done. We have received so many blessings since her surgery. Our family has grown larger, not just with the birth of our fourth child, but also with the addition of four members that we had never actually met until just a few days ago. Maclaine’s heart went to a little boy named Samuel. He has an older brother. We feel like Samuel, his parents and his brother are family. We have been in contact since early fall, 1999. It has been a very positive experience for us. We talk on the phone frequently, exchange letters, and email every few days. We have exchanged pictures and videos. We just had our first meeting. I knew that it would be an emotional experience. I had already warned my husband that I would probably cry the whole time, but that it would be a good cry. I did really well (I think), because I didn’t cry until they were leaving.
We had a wonderful visit. It was like we already knew them from all the letters and phone calls and emails. We have already talked about us going north to visit with them. We couldn’t have asked for a better family to give our daughter’s heart. If we had to give a baby up for adoption (which is one way we look at it), we would have picked a family just like God picked for us.
I know that not every story will be as happy as ours. Everyone does not want contact after the surgery. Regardless of whether the ending is happy or sad. But always remember that your loved one can help another live. What a wonderful act for one person to do for another.
We are so proud of our little angel, Maclaine Elise that she was able to help another baby to live. The gift of life is so precious. Please take the time to talk with your family about your decision and how important it is to you. Without your family’s consent, regardless of your decision, donation will not occur.
You can read Maclaine’s story at http://clainescorner.com/. This website was lovingly made by her daddy. He still has some more to add to her site. It will soon include Samuel’s story. We want everyone to know how proud we are to be a "donor family".
Myths and Facts About Organ and Tissue Donation
Myth: Wealthy people can buy organs.
Myth: Doctors may let me die so they can
transplant organs to their other patients.
Myth: It costs money to donate.
Myth: Donation disfigures the body and delays
Myth: My religion opposes donation.
Myth: Business travelers are drugged and their
kidneys are stolen to be transplanted on the black market.
Myth: All I need to do to become a donor is
sign a donor card.
Myth: Transplants don't really work. They
Courtesy of Donor Network of Arizona
Over 500,000 organ, tissue and eye transplants
take place every year.
Legal History of the 1990s
1993 FDA Regulations Federal Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) initiates regulation of all U.S. tissue banks.
Reinforces the importance of the trained consent requester and sets forth specific training requirements for hospitals. Enumerates medical examiner responsibilities and authority regarding donation. Changes the donation option on the Arizona driver's licenses, removing the option from the license. Individuals can now request a sticker for their license to indicate their donation decision.
1998 HCFA Medicare and Medicaid Programs;
Hospital Conditions of Participation; Identification of Potential Organ,
Tissue and Eye Donors. (Regulations effective: August 21, 1998)
Warning: Sensitive material intended for healthcare professionals only
Brain Death Guidelines
Brain death is the absence of clinical brain function when the proximate cause is known and irreversible.
Three cardinal findings of brain death
Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Brain Death
a. Cervical spine fracture
In case of presence of any of the above pitfalls confirmatory testing such as angiography, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, Technetium 99m brain scan, or EEG (not suitable for D. or F.) may be utilized to confirm brain death.
Documentation Needed for Brain Death
Documentation of brain death shall include the following entries:
Reference: Practice Parameters for Determining Brain Death in Adults – Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology, Eelco F. M. Wijdicks, MD, 11/94
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