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40 Force: Donation Day – A Recipient’s Story

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — This Monday, 40 Force is focused on organ donation. It’s a simple act that *can… And *does save lives each and every day.

It’s something that takes just minutes, but can make a difference that last a lifetime.

It did for Scott Meyer of Holyoke.

To put it simply, Meyer is lucky to be alive, but even more than that, he’s thankful to be alive.

“It’s a whole new way of life. Something that…I’m still getting used to it,” Meyer explains.

Diagnosed with iganephropathy – a kidney disease that eventually destroys them – Meyer spent three years waiting for a new kidney.

Three years getting dialysis and getting sicker. Three years watching the clock and wondering ‘Will I make it?’

“I could basically die…without a kidney.”

That’s not the type of news anyone wants to hear, especially someone barely 30 and with other concerns.

“I got two kids and it’s very hard as a father, because you start planning things for them like college funds and you plan ahead, so that if you die, they’re going to be okay without you, so it’s kind of a hard thing to do,” he adds.

But thanks to an anonymous organ donor, everything changed.

The phone rang. There was hope. There was a kidney.

Meyer says, “It was kind of a disbelief feeling at first cause you get the phone call. ‘Are you Scott Meyer? We’re from Transplant. We have a kidney for you. Are you sick? Have you been sick? Do you have an infection? You got to come here right away.’ And I”m like, you know, this is all happening so fast, I almost choked on my breakfast when they called.”

In less than a day, from desperation, to the operation, and finally a celebration.

The selfless act of a single organ donor saved scott’s life… And even more – changed the lives of an entire family.

“For me, it’s been a blessing. I don’t have to tell my children ‘I can’t tuck you in to bed ’cause I have to go to dialysis’ I don’t have to miss baseball games. It’s just…organ donors are true heroes.”


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