Organ & Tissue Transplants: Nicholas’ Story
Right now there are over 100,000 people on the waiting list for transplants. On average only 77 people a day actually receive a transplant. A new organ or tissue can save someone’s life, and anyone can be a donor.
At just seven years old Nicholas Green became one of the world’s most famous organ donors. October 1 marks the 15th anniversary of Nicholas’ death and his family’s decision to donate his organs and corneas.
Nicholas was tragically killed by highway robbers in 1994 while vacationing in Italy with his family. His parents decided to donate his organs and corneas to seven Italians waiting for transplants, four of them teens. Without the transplants two would be blind and most, if not all the others, would not have survived.
October 1 marks the 15th anniversary of Nicholas’ death and donation and organ donations are at the front and center in medicine. Transplantation has become the treatment of choice as Nicholas’ story continues to inspire and educate people about organ and tissue donation.
Visit Nicholas Green’s website at www.nicholasgreen.org.