Laura J. Phelps

Laura PhelpsMy name is Mary Peifer and I would like to share with you my personal experience regarding organ donation. My youngest child, Laura, died tragically in November of 2010. She was only 24.

Laura was rushed to the hospital after the paramedics worked a miracle by regaining a pulse, but unfortunately because she had been dead for approximately 30 minutes, it was determined that she had to brain activity. 48 hours later, she was declared legally dead, and we had not choice but to let her go.

Although this was my worst nightmare, for five people this was an answer to their prayers. Five people who had only weeks or days to live, were given a second chance at life.

After she had passed away, Laura’s best friend shared with me that just a few months earlier, she and Laura had gone to the DMV to renew their drivers licenses. Whe they were asked if they would like to be organ donros, Laura said joikingly, “No one would ever want my organs.” Then she paused and said thoughtfully, “Of course I’ll be an organ donor. If something were to happen to me, I would really want to help someone.”

The decision to be an organ donor was Laura’s. We did not make that decision, we simply honored her decision. Laura became a hero and saved the lives of five people by donating her heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and pancreas. She enhanced the lives of many other people by donating tissue, bone, and skin. She also gave the gift of sight. Somewhere in San Diego County there are two people who are now able to see because of her.

I cannot describe the pain I have felt from losing my daughter, but I have found comfort in knwoing that the lives of five people were saved by a simple decision of saying, “Yes, I’ll be an organ donor.”

If you are already an organ donor, God bless you for your generous and caring decision. If you are not, I encourage you to consider becoming one today because you could really help someone.

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