April 6, 2006
Three Virginians die each week while waiting for an organ transplant because there simply aren't enough donors reported LifeNet who coordinates the recovery and placement of organs.
Deneen Allen waited for a new lung for over two years and it was the unexpected death of an adult male that kept her alive.
Allen volunteers, does aerobics and makes jewelry--but just three years ago her severe Emphysema made it difficult to walk across the room.
"I burnt so many calories just trying to breathe that I got down to 80 lbs at one point. I think when I had my transplant I weight about 87," said Allen.
She waited on the recipient list for over 2 years and only had 12 percent lung function at the time of transplant. Her donor was an adult male.
"I would give him a hug and say 'thank you for giving me my life back,'" said Allen.
Allen has since become friends with her donor's wife and says they will always be connected
"Katie, my donor's wife, said it's a rewarding experience for her as well as it saved my life. [It] actually gave my life back," said Allen.
One person can save 7 lives with his/her organs and help 50 people through tissue donation.
One of the easiest places to become a donor is to check it on your drivers license or you can visit www.sav7lives.org.