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April is National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month. So we don't want to let the month slip by without a reminder that organ donation is perhaps the most precious gift you can give, or receive.

Who better to explain that than a family member who has gone through it. Garrett Davis's life was cut short by a brain aneurysm. He had already told his family that someday, he would want to be an organ donor. Transplant surgeons will tell you that a single donor, like Garrett, can save or improve the lives of up to 50 different people.

"If you think of the paired organs, your eyes, both lungs, skin, tendons, cornea, there's a lot of people who could be helped," says, Dr. Charles Van Buren, a transplant surgeon for the University of Texas.

"Just knowing that his heart is beating in someone else and maybe that person has kids, or has a wonderful life, and they are able to go on because of Garrett, you know, it makes me happy," Garrett's widow Chayna Haughwout said.

By April of this year, there were more than 98-thousand people on the waiting list for an organ transplant.

If you would like more information on organ donation and transplantation, click on any of the websites below:

American Society of Transplantation, http://www.a-s-t.org

Donate Life America, http://www.donatelife.net

United Network for Organ Sharing, http://www.unos.org , or http://www.transplantliving.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.organdonor.gov

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