Christmas miracle gives recipient a second chance

16 years ago

To the editor:
This and every holiday season, each of us deals with a variety of emotions. We remember the years when we were children, our children’s Christmas mornings and, for some, grandchildren or great-grandchildren’s Christmas morning adventures. These times of joy and fun, we will always treasure     We also remember loved ones that are no longer with us. We will always love and cherish the special times we shared with them.
Our family was blessed this year with a very special letter from an individual who was a recipient of an organ transplant from our son. Derrick was killed in an automobile accident in July of 2000. People have frequently asked me about contact from the recipients of his organs. Here is one contact we have had and feel this is a wonderful time of the year to share this with the community.
Here is the heartwarming letter we received recently:
Dear friends;
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to the loved ones of the person who so unselfishly donated a liver so that a complete stranger could have a second chance at life. I remember when I was first diagnosed with a failing liver, I was getting so ill so fast that they didn’t have time to put me on a waiting list. The doctors told me that if I didn’t have a transplant soon that I wouldn’t make it. When I went into intensive care I remember getting gradually disoriented. After a few days I was barely aware of my surroundings, and when I regained consciousness after the operation, I opened my eyes and the doctor was standing there and he said to me, “Congratulations, you have just received a new liver.” That’s when I realized a miracle had just happened. An experience like this is not something to be taken lightly. It completely changed my life and my perspective on how I view the world and the people closest to me. It is very difficult to justify being worthy when so much has been sacrificed by everyone involved. This small token of appreciation seems so little in comparison to the unselfish acts that were extended to me. I hope you find some solace in the fact that I am doing well physically and mentally.
Thank you and I love you dearly.
Respectfully yours
The miracles of Christmas are not just for Christmas time but every day. We were deeply touched that our beautiful son’s wishes to donate his organs gave a number of individuals a second chance at life.

The Donovans
Presque Isle