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Letter: Organ Donation

Kramer, Kristy

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000424223.28119.d1

After reading Dr. Brey's article in the October/November 2012 issue (“Precious Gifts,”, I wanted to share my own family's story. I decided to become an organ donor in memory of my little brother, Tony. At 28 years of age, he kissed his pregnant wife and four-year-old son goodbye, like any other morning, and hopped on his motorcycle to work. On the way, someone swerved in front of him, and he was thrown from his bike. The helmet my brother was wearing did not stay securely in place. Tony was transported to a local hospital and pronounced brain dead. Our family was asked if we wanted to consider organ donation. At that moment, you only want your loved one to be left alone. But my brother was already gone, and I know he would have been pleased to help someone who was in need. Through organ donation, my brother enabled four individuals to live. We are so proud of the gift that Tony gave to others.

Kristy Kramer

©2012 American Academy of Neurology