For those of you that read my update from yesterday afternoon I am disappointed to report that Matisse did not receive her transplant. I listed my update below too in case you did not get a chance to read it.
Please continue to keep Matisse and her family in your prayers. This was about the fourth time Matisse was called for organs. Mostly she had been put on standby in case another patient could not receive certain organs but yesterday had looked like a sure thing when they received the call. Nothing is ever a gurantee though in the transplant world!
If you would like to read more about Matisse you can visit her website at www.caringbridge.com/visit/matissereid
Sat, Mar 28, 2009
Today a friend of ours from Pittsburgh is finally going to get her transplant. This little girl and her family have been living in Pittsburgh for over two years waiting for organs. Did I mention their home is in New Zealand? Two years and two months is a long time to wait for a transplant! Please keep Matisse and her family in your prayers. She should be headed to the OR around 5 or 6 tonight so it will be a long day followed by many long weeks!
Matisse's story is the perfect example of why organ donor awareness is so important. Many people who get listed for organ transplants will die while waiting for organs to become available simply because the wait is too long and there are not enough organs available. The more we talk about organ donation and the more we make those around us more aware of it the more likely people will be to chose to be an organ donor!
If you have not already joined our Ally's Angels team for the Gift of Life's Organ Donor Awareness Walk please sign up now. If you are not able to attend this wonderful event then please consider making a donation to our team! The link to our team page, where you can sign up for the event or make a donation, is on the homepage of this site.
Don't forget if you sign up for the walk please email us your t-shirt size so that we can get you one of our special Ally's Angels team shirts! (Even if you register and give your t-shirt size you still need to email us your size too.) Email shirt sizes to email@example.com.
Let's make this a great event and help to spread the word about the importance of Organ Donor Awareness! In turn we could help children like Matisse and Ally or help the thousands of other people who spend countless days sick and in the hospital awaiting organs and a second chance at life!
Remember to keep Matisse in your prayers!