Two Incredible Real-Life Stories Of Siblings That Prove The Importance Of Organ Transplant
July 30, 2018 13:06 By Fabiosa
It’s hard to imagine the feelings of those patients waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. It’s so great when such stories have a happy ending, and after a long-awaited surgery, a person gets a chance to survive and enjoy his/her life to the fullest. But, unfortunately, there are those who don't get a chance to recover.
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What does statistics say?
According to the statistics of April 2018, a number of men, women, and children on the national transplant waiting list in the US equals 114,000.
Every ten minutes, a person is added to this list.
95% of Americans support organ donation, but only 54% are actually signed up as donors.
A heartbreaking story of twin brothers
18-year-old Nick and Devin Coats were twin brothers. The boys would be graduating from high school this year.
A few months ago, Nick began feeling pain in his legs. His mother, Margi, took Nick to see a doctor. When doctors examined the boy, they diagnosed cirrhosis of the liver, which resulted in liver failure. As the boys are twin brothers, Margi insisted that Devin also had to take a test. The results were sad – Devin had cirrhosis too.
Both brothers were immediately placed on the transplant list. Nick and Devin were inseparable since they were diagnosed with the fatal disease. Margi said that her sons supported each other at the moments when one of them began to lose hope.
Devin received his liver transplant in January. After a complicated surgery, the young man got his chance to live.
Unfortunately, the fate wasn’t favorable for his brother, Nick. The boy passed away before he got his transplant. His mother wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to her twins’ journey to recovering:
My beautiful son Nick departed this world last night a little after 8:30 p.m. My life line has been severed as Nick went to be with the Lord. My heart hurts as I’ve lost a child He gave me for the past 18 years, but I am comforted knowing we will see each other again.
The mother added that her beloved Nick fought really hard to get his chance to live. He was strong and courageous. He was a person with a genuine heart.
A miraculous recovery
A story of Janet White Larson and her sick sister, Debbie, will make you believe in true miracles.
Janet White Larson was on a flight to Louisiana, where she was about to donate a kidney to her younger sister. But what Debbie actually needed was a liver transplant. A kidney surgery could have bought Debbie some time to live.
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While on a flight, Janet got acquainted with a man sitting next to her on a plane. They started talking. The man was Allen Van Meter, a businessman who was going to see his nephew, Michael, before he was taken off the life support.
Janet told him about his sister who was in need of a life-saving organ. What happened next? Allen tapped Janet on the shoulder and said:
Well, how about Deborah getting Michael's liver?
Later, Van Meter explained he felt the presence of God come over him at that moment.
Today, Debbie is fine and keeps on recovering after surgery. She calls what happened to her “a life-saving miracle” and thanks the good stranger for the ultimate gift she received.
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Our dear readers, never lose hope in any life situation. Believe in miracles and they will surely happen!