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Women share inspiring organ donor stories as part of Donate Life Month

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -April is Donate Life Month and on Wednesday, two women shared their stories in hopes of inspiring others about the gift of organ donation.

Susannah Hooper and Nita French spent time with doctors, nurses and the staff at Comanche County Memorial Hospital to tell them both sides of an organ donor's life, so they'll remember what they're doing this for. The goal of the presentation was to re-emphasize the importance of organ donation and how it can change peoples lives.

July 4th, 2013, Susannah Hooper experienced something no ever parent should...tragically losing her 8 year old son in an accident.

"Aidan was part of his karate schools float in the Liberty Fest parade in Edmond and at the very end of the parade he came off the float and went underneath it," said Hooper.

Emergency officials tried to revive Aidan, but he did not make it. Hooper immediately thought of something that would be a blessing in disguise.

"I looked at my husband and said something good has to come from this," said Hooper. "Can we check into organ donation. He actually looked at my kind of shocked like I can't believe you're actually able to think of that right now...good idea."

Aidan ended up being a perfect candidate--giving a 6 month old girl and an 18 month old girl his heart valves.
Now, Hooper travels to share her son's story with others to show the other side of the donation experience and how it helped her grieve.

"It's good to see that we are healing and it's a great process and that there's life for us afterwards," said Hooper. "It's been a good gift for me to be able to share Aidan's story hopefully to bring awareness to organ donation as well as just, the selfish part of me gets to tell people about my amazing son."

Nita French is a transplant recipient. She was diagnosed with diabetes early in her life and needed a pancreas and kidney. After a long time of waiting, she finally got the call and had surgery. Now, happy, healthy and 4 kids later... she shares her testimony with others after feeling called to do more.

"It has really helped because people don't really think about donation," said French. "I think part of the problem is that they have to admit they will die and nobody wants to talk about that. So, people don't talk about it and you don't educate yourself on it, you don't know how it works.

These inspiring women hope you will think about your loved ones and the lives you can save by making the decision to be a donor. They promise, it's worth it.

"Everybody's a possible donor and I've never met anybody that has any regrets from donating," said Hooper. "It's a huge healing factor."

After the presentation, hospital staff along with Hooper and French released balloons into the sky as a sign of hope and joy for future organ donors and recipients.

Visit Life Share's website for more information on how to sign up to donate.

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