“I want to use myself as an example that you can give someone a second chance at life, and they can excel and go way beyond because of that gift you’ve given them.”
- Mohamed El-Souri, heart transplant recipient
Many people don't think about organ and tissue donation until it directly affects their lives. When the topic comes up, many realize they have lingering questions about donation. We appreciate every opportunity to dispel misleading urban legends and correct the many misconceptions about donation. The life of every Michigan patient waiting for an organ transplant depends upon people making educated, compassionate decisions about being an organ, tissue and eye donor.
Most importantly, behind every donation statistic are real people whose lives have been forever changed by organ, tissue and eye donation, whether their grief is tempered by knowing their loved one gave the gift of life, or they returned to work, school or life with a healthy new start as a transplant recipient. Each story is uniquely personal yet intertwined with those of a perfect stranger.
While Gift of Life's role is to facilitate organ and tissue recovery at the end of life, we also support the generous gift of living donation. We encourage everyone to consider sharing life in this heroic way.
Watch this video to learn more about the care Gift of Life Michigan provides to donor families: