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The Gift of Life: Decision of son let two people see

Patricia Kimbler's moving story shows just how important it can be to sign an organ donation card. Family's quick action, even in a time of grief, did allow loved one to live on in the gift of sight for two people. She urges: Please sign up. It does make a difference.
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By Patricia Kimbler

The gift of life is the most precious gift we can give. Without hesitation my children, myself, and their father sign our donor card, always saying to each other: after we were gone we wouldn't need any of our organs anyway... If we could help one person live that would be wonderful!

Little did we know. My friend, my children's father, my ex-husband Jimmy Kimbler would have a major heart attack on the way to clock out of work at Cox's Interior, one otherwise normal day at such a young age of 46.

My youngest son being 17, my oldest son, only 21 (still just a child), was considered Jimmy's closest living adult relative, and had to be the one to make all these adult decisions for some reason? (I don't think the hospital had his License)... Heart wrenching. Jimmy's mom and dad, along with my mom and I had to drive to Lexington to tell this child, in college, his dad was dead, and he had to make decisions quick. Time was running out, hours had passed, they need the ok. He saw us all coming knowing something was wrong. I just got the words out of my mouth when UofL called his phone... As sad as our story is. We all take comfort in the fact that: Two people can now see. They also have done skin grafts and a few others things. Too much time had gone by to save much... but with each letter we received from the organ donation center, we were comforted. They did not tell who got the organs, they just shared their story along with how grateful they and their family were!

Please sign up. It does make such a wonderful difference.

This story was posted on 2011-01-27 12:51:03
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