Nicholas' seven recipients are like many others who need a transplant - a mother who
had never seen her baby's face clearly; a diabetic who had been repeatedly in
comas; a boy of 15, wasting away with a heart disease, who was only the same
size as a seven year old; a keen sportsman whose vision was gradually
darkening; and two children hooked up to dialysis machines several hours a
week. Then there was Maria Pia, a vivacious 19-year old girl who the night
Nicholas was shot was dying too. Now, against all odds, she's healthy, is married and
has two children, one of whom is called Nicholas.
The Greens and the seven recipients.
These seven people are not rich or famous and their lives are marked by the struggles
we all have to face. But they feel they have been reborn. Few potential donors realize
what a mighty gift they have in their hands. By one action they can save other
families from the devastation they themselves face. With such momentous consequences, donor
families often wonder how there could be any other choice.
None of this takes away the pain. The sense that life is missing a vital ingredient is
there all the time.
But donating does put something on the other side of the balance. For the rest of
our lives we donor families can feel proud that our loved ones saved someone in desperate need
when no one else in the world could.
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