Meet Devin – A Story of Overcoming Adversity

Devin was a typical 12-year-old boy with a passion for life, until an unfortunate accident put it on hold.

One Sunday morning at church, Devin was pouring a cup of coffee when it suddenly slipped from his grasp and the scolding hot liquid spilled down his long-sleeve shirt.  He was rushed to the emergency room and diagnosed with second-degree burns. After treatment in the ER, Devin was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Georgia to prepare for surgery. Doctors removed Devin’s damaged skin and replaced it with a skin allograft.  The procedure was pivotal in the regeneration of Devin’s own skin and a full recovery. It would not have been possible without the generosity of a tissue donor.

A month later, the allograft was removed and Devin’s own healthy skin was visible. Shortly after, Devin was able to fully enjoy a much-awaited family vacation. Because of his donor, he was able to scuba dive, snorkel, swim and all the other things a healthy boy can do! Devin thanks his donor every day and appreciates the gift he was given.

HOW CAN I BECOME AN ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONOR?

  • Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor with your state donor registry.  To find out how, visit http://www.donatelifemaryland.org.  
  • Once you have decided and registered your decision to become a donor, it is important to share your decision with your family so that they know and understand your wishes.

Devin- La superación de la adversidad

Devin era un niño normal de 12 años, un apasionado de la vida, hasta que un accidente desafortunado la puso en espera. 

Un domingo por la mañana en la iglesia, Devin estaba sirviendo una taza de café cuando, de repente, se le resbaló de las manos, derramándosele el café caliente en la camisa de manga larga. Fue llevado a la sala de emergencias, donde se le diagnosticó quemaduras de segundo grado. Después de administrarle un tratamiento en la sala de emergencias, lo llevaron al centro de quemados Joseph M. Still del hospital WellStar Cobb, en Austell (Georgia), a fin de prepararlo para una operación. Los médicos retiraron la piel quemada de Devin para remplazarla  con un injerto de piel. El procedimiento fue vital para una recuperación completa y la regeneración de la piel de Devin. Nunca habría sido posible sin la generosidad de un donante de piel.

Un mes más tarde, al retirar el injerto, ya era posible ver la propia piel de Devin curada. Poco después, Devin pudo disfrutar las tan ansiadas vacaciones con su familia. Gracias a su donante, pudo practicar submarinismo, esnórquel, natación y otras actividades que todo niño saludable puede hacer. Devin agradece a su donante cada día y valora el regalo que le ha sido concedido.

*Facilitado por allsource.org

 ¿CÓMO PUEDO CONVERTIRME EN DONANTE DE ÓRGANOS Y TEJIDOS?

  • Inscríbase come donante en el registro de donantes en su estado. Visite http://www.donatelifemaryland.org
  • Después de haber decidido y documentado su deseo de ser un donante de órganos y tejidos, es importante que comunique su decisión a su familia.
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About Jennifer

Jennifer Gelman is the director of Communications for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. She is responsible for creating and executing educational and awareness programs for LLF’s donor service area, along with overseeing the company’s volunteer program, and the relationship with Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration. With nearly ten years of experience in non-profit and cause-related marketing, on a national and local level, Jennifer is focused on raising awareness and creating an open dialogue about organ, eye and tissue donation throughout diverse communities the organization serves. Follow Jennifer on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennifergelman
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