Did you know that each registered organ donor can save the lives of up to nine people?
More than 123,000 men, women and children are on the national transplant waiting list. Unfortunately, there are not enough organ donors registered to give those in need a second chance at life. Approximately 21 people die each day while waiting for their organ transplant.
Here is the story of one organ donor, as shared by her mother:
Our story began April 12, 1993, when I delivered twin girls at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. During my last five weeks of pregnancy the doctors found a problem with one of my babies. I was told that she had no brain or brain stem and if by a miracle she survived birth, she would only survive for a few days. Preparing for the worst, a C-section was scheduled for the day after Easter Sunday. Needless to say, a lot of prayers were said. If she survived she would need a strong name, so I decided on Sadi. Why? Because it seemed that whenever I would hear the name “Sadi” spoken, it always belonged to a strong, feisty, fun-loving elderly lady. Well, Sadi Nicole proved everyone wrong! It could have been all the prayers, our faith or maybe even her twin sister, Rhea` Ann, who helped her make it through.
After birth, I was told that Sadi would most likely be deaf, blind and never speak, much less walk. Her medical diagnosis was congenital hydrocephalus. On day three the neurologist decided Sadi had already lived up to her name and surgically placed a shunt in her head to drain the fluid. Her first two years of life were rough with many obstacles. VP (ventricular-peritoneal) shunts normally last 10 years maximum and Sadi’s was 19 years old.
On November 8, 2014, we arrived at Ochsner because Sadi was complaining of neck pain and when I checked her shunt, I found it was not working properly. Sadi had surgery on November 10 and sometime the next morning, she aspirated and slipped into a coma-like state. She never regained consciousness and remained on a ventilator.
On November 19, Sadi gained her wings! Yes, we miss her dearly! However, because of the way it all happened, I will forever be grateful that I was able to be there right by her side and we were all able to say good-bye. You see, Sadi was a special soul while here on earth. God chose her to do wonderful things while here and now he needed her by his side. Sadi is constantly reminding us she is still with us.
Day 10 of our little Sadi’s hospital stay was my first encounter with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, LOPA. The LOPA team was very informative, which helped in making our decision to donate along with the process very bearable. Knowing that our Sadi would live on as a true hero was a proud and honorable memory for our family to share with others.
Sadi just loved everyone and everyone loved her. Sadi had the purest heart and no judgment in any way. I am so thankful that God entrusted me with being her mom. She stood close to 4’ tall and only weighed 67 lbs, but in spirit and love she was a giant. My family’s wish for all the organ recipients is that they feel her spirit and see things as she did. We are truly BLESSED that she continues to help others.
Sadi’s Mom, Laura Guise
You can help to transform lives by registering to be an organ donor. Register at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMW) or online.