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My mother, Bobbie McCollum, was diagnosed with kidney failure in November 2010.It was a shocking diagnosis, she hadn’t been sick or had any symptoms of kidney failure .In August 2011, she was referred for kidney transplant to Ochsner Medical Center. I knew that I would be tested to be her living donor & I was on November 2, 2011-I was an almost-perfect match. Our transplant was March 22, 2012. I can’t describe how thankful I am to have been able to give my mother my kidney. She is in great health & her kidney function is perfectly normal & mine is, too! I always knew that I would donate my organs at the end of my life but I never imagined that I’d get to be a living donor. God answered our prayers for Mother’s healing in an even bigger and better way than I wanted. Without our transplant, I never would have known the blessing of donation and my 4 children & our community wouldn’t have either. Being a living donor is one of the biggest & most unexpected blessings of my entire life.
Margaret Hyer-Madison, MS
My 13 year old daughter, Bridget, has had a struggle for her life beginning at 2 weeks old. She was spitting up quite often and sweating while bottle feeding so we took her to her pediatrician. As he was examining her she went into congestive heart failure and turned blue. She was immediately transported to Blair E Batson Children’s hospital where she remained for 21 days with an eventual diagnosis of cardiomyopathy, meaning her heart muscle was damaged and enlarged. It was labeled idiopathic because the cause of her condition was never determined. At guess it is believed that she caught a virus that attacked her heart and damaged the muscle between birth and 2 weeks old. The prognosis of her condition was very scary and was that she would need a heart transplant. We were only waiting on the list for 3.5 months amazingly before her gift of life came from a very precious donor. She received her heart on 8/8/1999. She has done remarkable. Thank you to every donor!!!!
Christina Monk-Florence, MS
My sister, Teresa Sandifer, passed away on April 6, 2013. When we got the call from MORA, there was no considering donation, it was a given. We were more than willing to make that decision on her behalf and we know that is how she would have wanted it. Our prayers are that she can help many families in need. We have comfort in knowing that someone will have a better life because of her.
Tracy Sandifer-Jackson, MS
I developed a Keratoconus around the age of sixteen. In my 20’s I finally found the courage, with God’s help, to take a cornea transplant and it was the best thing I could have done. Today, I can see the trees, my family, and the beautiful words on paper. Thank God for the person and families that gave me the gift of sight again. Eye sight is a gift we take for granted.Thank God for donors. My faith in God has seen me though everything and look at me now! I can see with my big brown eyes. Praise God! I see my little son everyday and that gives me so much joy to know because of someone else’s donation I now see.
Sheneka Nicholson-Needham, AL
My 26 year old daughter, Brittany Saucier, earned her Angel wings on September 22, 2011. Brittany was one of the most giving people you will ever meet. If you were blessed to have known her, you would never forget her. My husband Larry, daughter Kortney and myself were blessed for 26 of the most amazing years that any parent would hope for. It did not surprise me when we found out she was an organ donor. She not only helped 4 patients she helped 4 families. Think of the size of your family and multiply that by at least 4. I am so very proud to say Brittany is my daughter. She will always live within my heart. She was loved by so many people when she was here and she continues to be loved by so many people she helped by being an organ donor. My new mission in life is to make people aware of the need for organ donation. I pray for all of the donor families and recipient families.
Ellen DuVernay-Gulfport, MS