There is hope for the more than 100,000 people in our country waiting on a life-saving organ transplant thanks to a drive by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (M.O.R.A.) and Memorial Hospital. As part of part of April's National Donate Life Month, the Gulfport hospital played host to a donor registry Wednesday. It is never easy to lose a child, but Brittany Saucier's mother finds some comfort knowing her daughter's death at 26 years of age helped bring life to at least four people, including Nancy, a Texas mother who once suffered from a life-threatening lung condition. Ellen Duveray, Saucier’s mother, says, "That photos say a million words. Me, my daughter, my sister, and I, my other daughter, Courtney, flew to Dallas to meet with the lady who received both of Brittany's lungs. And when we got off the plane and I hugged her for the first time, I thought, ‘She was standing there because of Brittany.’"
Sean Lombardo works every day to save lives, something he hopes to continue to do even after he dies. Lombardo, an employee at Memorial Hospital, says, "I just feel like if there's something I can give back while I'm gone, this is one of the best things I can do to help someone who needs it." Right now, 120,000 people across the nation are waiting for an organ transplant. Thirteen hundred of those people live right here in Mississippi. Anna Jacobs with M.O.R.A. says, "Organ donation can save up to eight lives and tissue donation can save or enhance up to 50 lives."
Duveray knows this all too well. Duveray lost her daughter at a young age, but gained at least one new life-long friend because of Brittany's life-saving decision before deat closes, "I really think Brittany had something to do with hand picking who received her organs because she couldn't have picked a better one than Nancy." You can register to be an organ donor through the Department of Motor Vehicles by getting your license designated with a heart, or you can register online through M.O.R.A.'s website.