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An American mother has written a poignant letter to the organ donor who saved her son. It’s a timely reminder about the importance of blood and organ donations.

Mindy Seay waited months for a heart donor to help her infant son, Lincoln. Baby Lincoln was born with a severe heart defect, known as “heterotaxy”.

Mrs Seay was well aware that a new heart for her son, would mean a devastating loss for another mum. “There’s nothing I want more than for my son to live, but I hate that another child has to pass for that to happen”, Mrs Seay explained.

She took the unusual step of writing a letter for Lincoln’s organ donor, before a new heart had even been found. “I want you to know that I will always have the utmost respect for the gift we will be given”, Mrs Seay’s letter read.

“I will treasure that heart more than I’ve ever treasured any gift. I will care for that gift to the very best of my ability, and will be sure we always give reverence and respect to the child and family from which it came”.

“We may never now you by name, but I will know you deep in my soul”, the letter adds. Since Mrs Seay wrote her powerful letter, little Lincoln has successfully received a heart transplant.

Lincoln has now been moved from intensive care, and no longer needs an oxygen mask to breathe. “I’m so happy and grateful that Lincoln gets to have a chance at life”, Mrs Seay said.

Are you a registered organ donor? Has someone you know been saved by blood or organ donations? Can you imagine how bittersweet Mindy Seay’s experiences must have been?

“I want you to know that I will always have the utmost respect for the gift we will be given. I will treasure that heart…

Posted by TODAY on Saturday, March 5, 2016

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  1. Registered as organ donor -yes. If you are eligible and want to, than seriously consider being a blood, plasma or platelets donor. It’s the gift of life that you can keep giving. Call Red Cross on 131495
    I prefer plasma donation as you can donate fortnightly if you wish (I do monthly). I’m not eligible for platlets.

  2. Yes, I’m a registered Organ Donor now. I’m not eligible to donate to the Red Cross Bloods centre anymore

  3. Yes a must for all to register – my young cousin was lucky enough to be given a kidney transplant to save his life – he was 37 years old. The donor a 23 year old young lady who died in a car crash – her organs saved several people.

  4. Maybe I have some strange ideas but I’ve always thought that to donate a loved ones organs it would be comforting to think a part of them is still alive. Anyone else think like that?

  5. Yes I’m on the register also, but remember to let your family know your wishes also, as they still have to ask their permission

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