Our family lost two beautiful lives, and we ended up saving eight others through the miracle of transplantation. For any donation to happen, there needs to be perfect coordination across healthcare professionals, from donor hospital nurses to administrators to organ recovery coordinators to transplant centers. Unfortunately, there are as many times when that doesn't work as when it does.
The story of Zoi Kostarides could surely be the script of a movie, as it is the story of the first woman in Greece who has ever undergone a transplant operation and despite the doctors' objections, she got pregnant and gave birth to a healthy little boy. Her health problem was made known to her by some medical examinations she had when she was thirteen years old.
I've just produced a report for PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly broadcast, along with correspondent Lucky Severson, that examines SURVIVAL's impressive record, and includes the new, but still nascent, preparations among African-American Baptists for starting their own affinity-based donation program.