BALTIMORE, MD — The stats are staggering:

  • Every 8 minutes one other particular person is added to the organ donation wait checklist
  • 16 folks die daily ready for an organ transplant
  • One organ, eye, and tissue donor can save and heal greater than 75 lives

Those are the numbers from Donate Life.

It all hits a bit in a different way right here at WMAR this Donate Life month as a result of an nameless donor saved the lifetime of a beloved member of our household.

We do not prefer to get too private right here, but when studying this attracts even one particular person to enroll to be an organ donor, then it’s all value it.

Darlene has labored at WMAR for many years. We joke she’s the “Mom of WMAR.” She is aware of every thing, she’s a sounding board for thus many people, solves all of our issues, and leads with compassion.

She would not simply do this for us in Baltimore, she additionally is similar for our sister stations in Virginia, WTKR and WTVR.

What many did not know, is that whereas she has been taking good care of us, she has additionally been dwelling with kidney failure. She was on dialysis for 20 months, it is peritoneal dialysis, which Darlene was capable of do at house.

She was on the transplant checklist for five years till she bought a name within the in a single day hours of Friday, April 5, 2024.

After a number of failed makes an attempt (thanks COVID) Darlene bought the decision. “We have a kidney.” Her daughters bought her to Johns Hopkins Hospital and we’re glad to share, {that a} week later, Darlene is up and shifting, feeling a bit sore, however grateful for this new lease on life.

In true Darlene trend, she will be able to solely consider everybody else. She needed us to first share her gratefulness to the donor. She’s nonetheless engaged on the phrases that appear a lot bigger than “Thank You.”

But she additionally needed to share her gratitude for the individuals who referred to as, did the surgical procedure, cared for her, and bought her again house.

So a shout out to: Angela Duckworth, Dr. Benjamin Philosophe, Maggie Connells, Ryan Whisler, Dr. Elias Ghandour, Dr. Kevin Schendel, and the numerous different nurses, docs, and tech employees who offered one of the best care.

Darlene is house, recovering, and whereas we will not watch for her to return again to work, we’ll simply must.

If you would take a minute, test and ensure your Driver’s License has you listed as a donor. If it is one thing you are able to do, one thing you imagine in, please sign-up to give life to somebody. Someone like Darlene.

Darlene WMAR