To the editor:

In Laurie Quinn’s short 58 years, she made an incredible difference in the lives of everyone that she met. But this letter is about the difference Laurie made in the lives of people she had never met. Laurie was an organ donor. After being stricken at home by a SAH (Subarachnoid Hemorrhage; aka Brain aneurysm), Laurie was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to this incident the next day, on Nov. 22. Laurie was maintained on life support while the Donate Life New York State Organ Donation and Transplant Team prepared for Laurie’s organ donations.

*Both of Laurie’s corneas were able to give 2 people the gift of sight.

*Laurie’s right kidney went to a woman in her 70’s

*Laurie’s left kidney went to a woman in her 40’s

*Laurie’s heart went to a woman in her 60’s

*Skin and tissue donations helped an undetermined number of people.

Although Laurie’s time with us was cut way too short, we take great comfort in knowing that Laurie’s gifts have helped others continue to live their life. Laurie spent her adult life helping people and families LIVE life and in death she has done the same.

The team at Donate Life New York State were incredible. We wouldn’t have gotten through our ordeal without them and their support. Please consider becoming an organ donor. When your time comes, you have the opportunity for your dying wish to be to save someone else’s life.

Carl Quinn


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