Horn Memorial promotes organ donation by sharing local recipient’s story

April is Organ Donation Awareness Month and Horn Memorial Hospital is using this opportunity to share the importance of organ donation.

Statistics received from the Iowa Donor Network shared that every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant wait list and an average of 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. In 2018 there was 36,500 people in the U.S. who received the gift of life through organ donation.  Just one donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and heal more than 200 lives through tissue donation. If you haven’t shared your wishes with your family members or checked yes as an “organ donor” when renewing your drivers’ license, now is the time.

Horn has reached out to several people from our communities who have been recipients of organ donation and they were honored to help us spread the importance of this “gift of life.” Jeanette (Paulson) Wulf of Odebolt graciously shared her organ donation story with us.

“Jeanette, are you ready for your liver transplant?” the nurse said on the phone. After a year and a half of waiting on the transplant list and two false alarms later I received the phone call everyone waits for. My second chance at life. When you get the phone call it’s not really like you’re waiting by the phone for it with your suitcase packed. You are just trying to live your life, with a failing liver and health hoping that the phone call comes but not knowing when. That is exactly what I was doing when the phone call came…living and hoping the best I could with failing health."

See the full story in the April 3 edition of the Holstein Advance or subscribe online for instant access.