National Donor Sabbath
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) Critical Care, Spiritual Care, and New England Donor Services recently teamed up to observe National Donor Sabbath, a day where faith leaders and their communities participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation.
Hospital staff and members from the New England Donor Services hosted a celebration of life in the Critical Care waiting area, where colleagues and community members spoke about what organ donation has meant to themselves and their families.
BID-Plymouth Quality Improvement Manager, Laura Benting, spoke to the group about her son Matthew, who passed away from a sudden medical emergency in 2016 at the age of 20.
“He loved people and giving back to the world and even after his passing he was able to continue to do that by saving lives through organ donation,” said Benting as she clutched a picture of her son in his hockey uniform. “He was able to give two people their sight with his corneas, helped a woman walk again with his bones and helped many others through tissue donation.”
Two local donor recipients also told their stories of liver transplants at a pediatric age and as an adult.
Currently, 113,000 men, women and children are in desperate need of lifesaving organ transplants, and thousands more can be helped through tissue and corneal transplants. For more information on organ donation, please visit New England Donors Services website at www.neds.org.