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Recognized For Organ Donation Efforts
July 4, 2014

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox Lydia Bryan is a longtime employee of Cabell Huntington Hospital, and says organ donation has come full circle for her family.

"My quest began in 1982 with my grandmother who received a cornea from a 19-year-old gentleman from California," she said.

In 2000, her three-year-old nephew became an organ donor after his death in a car accident.

"My nephew Casey helped seven different people, which is amazing," she said.

One donor can save as many as eight lives.

"There's no greater gift that anyone could give than the gift of life and donating organs and tissue," Bryan said.

Bryan shared her story at a recent dedication ceremony, where the Kentucky West Virginia Organ Donor Affiliates, or KODA presented a memorial granite bench as a tribute to organ donors who were patients at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

"There's some sadness, some gladness. Great memories and it's been something we've dreamed about and talked about for a long time to recognize these ordinary people that to us are heroes and they truly are amazing heroes," Bryan said.

The hospital has been recognized several times as one of KODA's top donating hospitals. Cabell Huntingon's donation rate is 75 percent of potential donors. During the ceremony, the hospital received a Governor's Award and a Partnership for Life Award, for outstanding efforts to facilitate organ donation. Bryan, whose husband and son have also gotten help from donors through knee surgeries, says she's made it her mission to educate more people about about the benefits of becoming a donor.

"They may be gone, but there's still a part of them that's here not just in our hearts, but helping," she said.

You can find out more about organ donation at http://donatelife.net/.


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