My Son, Brayden was born with Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome. He has under gone 3 open heart surgeries-10 surgeries total, plus numerous heart caths and stress tests. He has lead a relatively "normal" life. He loves basketball. This year he turned 16 years old. 4 months later we learned he would need a new heart, as his was getting tired and worn out. In June of this year he suffered a stroke due to the pumping of his heart being so weak. He has recovered well from the stroke. However, we now realize his need for a new heart is becoming more urgent than we thought. He is now on a continuous IV at home. He has been on the waiting list for 6 months. Many of his friends at the Children's hospital have received their gift of life. Those kids are amazing and I am so happy for them. Brayden said it is his turn now. I can't wait to see what Brayden can do with a healthy heart! He wants to go to college and become a basketball coach. Heartfelt thanks to all those who choose to donate life
“I never even realized I was a recipient until speaking with Trust For Life and discussing a back surgery in which I received donor bone,” said Janet Hearld Brown, Muhlenberg Circuit Court Clerk. Like all Circuit Clerks in Kentucky, Janet and her staff are supportive, and vital, to raising awareness about organ donation in Kentucky. They ask two important questions to every person getting a state ID or driver’s license in Muhlenberg County. If that customer would like to donate $1 to support the Kentucky Organ Donor Program, and if they would like to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. Muhlenberg County is one of the pilot counties charged with reviewing and testing a training program for new clerks about asking those 2 questions. “Organ and tissue donation has affected so many people in my community, and I am proud to be a part of the Clerks’ Association that has chosen to do something about this crucial need,” said Janet.