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Organ Donation Carries On Son's Legacy

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MOLINE, IL – Andy Tyrrell's son, Matt, was in a car accident in 2008. “The doctor came out and said this type of injury usually is not survivable,” says Andy.

Knowing Matt's condition wouldn't improve, Andy and his wife decided to take their son off life support. He says, “That's what he would want.”

As they left the hospital room in grief, a nurse approached them. She told them Matt, then 22-years-old, had signed up to be an organ donor.

The nurse asked if the parents would like to honor their son's wishes, and Andy says he jumped on it. “He donated his corneas. There is a gentleman that can see now, who couldn't before. His femur – a gentleman down south got that. He was in an industrial accident. He can walk again.”

And the list goes on. Matt's organ donation saved dozens of lives. Andy says this helped him through his pain.

Not a day goes by without Matt on Andy's mind, but he now takes his tragic experience and shares it with others. He volunteers at Gift of Hope and helps people register to be donors. “It's a very simple thing,” says Andy, “You can be eight-months-old, you can be eighty-years-old and donate.”

If you are interested in being an organ donor, you can visit the following links:

www.giftofhope.org for Illinois

www.iowadonornetwork.org for Iowa

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