Organ Donation

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You Have Zero Excuses to Not Be an Organ Donor

One of the hardest conversations I've ever had took place in the fall of 2001. I was with my family in the intensive care unit of Riddle Memorial Hospital, about an hour outside of Philadelphia, near where I'd grown up. The night before, my mother had experienced a sudden brain aneurysm, and by the time I'd made it back from college to see her, she was unresponsive, dependent on a respirator to breathe. The doctors had just told us—in a somewhat coded, careful manner—that the latest brain scan didn't look promising.

That was around the same time a counselor from the local organ donation service approached my father and grandmother and asked—as cautiously and delicately as possible—if…

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