April is National Gift of Life Month, and Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) has joined in several Donate Life Spirit Week activities, April 17-23, to help raise awareness of the vital need of organ donors. A flag raising took place on April 18. Participants Jenny Wainscott, Chief Financial Officer of BCMH and Doncella Liggins, Director of Health Information Management share a special bond as recipients of organ and tissue donation.
Jenny is active with Giving Fore Living, a local charity that seeks to support and raise awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation, in memory of Darin Wainscott, Jenny’s late brother-in-law, a donor. organs. She recently received a tendon in her leg thanks to a donor who signed her driver’s license to become a donor when she passed away.
Jenny commented: “Organ donation – both living and through someone’s unfortunate death – is very important. For our family, it has helped us enormously to heal. Knowing that Darin lives in someone else is such a powerful thing. I am now a beneficiary. My new ACL is a donor tendon. You never know what impact you might have in someone else’s life.
Doncella’s life was spared in 2018 when she received a kidney through a living organ donation from a close friend. She is a strong advocate for living donor sharing.
“Please consider being a ‘living donor’. I did not fully understand the desperate need for organ donation until it hit me personally. The thought of living organ donation can be overwhelming and downright frightening.Studies have shown that living donors live as long as people who have never donated.These selfless organ donors experience feelings of happiness, reward, satisfaction, and higher self-esteem they had before donating. By becoming a living donor, you reduce the time a recipient spends on the waiting list. Plus, you are helping another patient on the waiting list because your donation frees up the recipient’s place on the list for the next person. You have just saved two lives! Please share the gift of life.
One way to become an organ donor is to sign the back of your driver’s license. You can also go to the Midwest Transplant Network to register as an organ donor. Learn more at https://mwtn.org/