Caitlin’s hero

The New England Organ Bank wants you to be a hero. Their new video, which is currently running in RMVs all over Massachusetts, lets you know how:

The adorable little girl at the end is none other than Caitlin Downey, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Transplant Center patient, and star of a Thriving blog written by her mother, Shawnna. As seen in Caitlin’s story, many organs donated by deceased adults are used to save the lives of children. In Caitlin’s case, without the liver donated by Jeff, she wouldn’t be here today.

“Caitlin’s organ donation came just in time,” says Heung Bae Kim, MD, director of Boston Children’s Pediatric Transplant Center, and the surgeon who performed Caitlin’s transplant. “She was very sick and was not going to survive much longer without a new liver. At any given time, there are patients who are equally sick waiting for organs all around New England and the rest of the country.”

To learn more about Caitlin’s case, read her mother’s blog. To learn more about how, like Jeff, you can be a hero to someone like Caitlin, please visit the following sites:

Did you know?

  • A single donor may help many people if multiple organs can be used.
  • In many cases, organs from adults can be used in children.
  • A single liver can be split to benefit two people.
  • Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
  • As of July 2012, there were more than 114,000 people waiting for an organ donation, and in 2011, there were only 14,144 organ donors.