He lived for almost 59 years with his first heart, for nine years with the second one and for a full 15 years with his third heart. But each heart was a Big Heart and with each heart Richard ("Dick") A. Harbourt lived life to the fullest.
My parents have "organ donor" listed on their driver's licenses, so too do my siblings. When I get a license I will check that box too. In the midst of planning for my future career as a doctor, I want to also plan for an unexpected future.
I realize that a lot of people have issues with organ donation. But I think those who are promoting it, need to think about those on the frontlines and make sure their worthy efforts aren't being cobbled at the very last moment.
Neil Millman wanted to give me some pointers about what was ahead of me. As I walked into his hospice room, I knew it could just as easily have been my room. The cancer that is attacking his body is the result of taking drugs for years that kept his transplanted kidney alive.
Although it isn't fun to think about your own mortality, the idea that, after you're gone, you could help someone else keep living is appealing. One person can save up to 8 people's lives with organ donation.