10/19/2011 12:45 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2011

Julio Garcia Saved Many Lives Through His Donated Organs

Julio Garcia died in March of last year at age 38. But his vital parts -- his heart, his kidneys, his liver, among other organs -- still live on, and have helped save the lives of others.

Garcia died after suffering a major hemorrhage, which caused permanent damage to his brain. But even though he was declared brain dead, machines helped keep the other organs in his body from failing.

Mirtala, Garcia's wife of 12 years, chose to donate her husband's organs. The organs ended up going to seven or eight other people, thereby saving their lives.

"When I had to make the decision to donate my husband … it was a real difficult decision to make," Mirtala said. But today, that decision has brought her the "blessing of watching those people live because of him."