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Mercy Medical Center shares organ donation success stories

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A new flag is hoisted at Mercy Medical Center encouraging others to Donate Life as part of national organ donor month. A new flag is hoisted at Mercy Medical Center encouraging others to Donate Life as part of national organ donor month.

After a family members dies, the decision to donate their organs can be one of the most difficult a family can make.

April is "donate life" month. On Monday, Mercy Medical Center brought together several families affected by organ donation, to share their stories.

They also raised a flag along the street, which encourages people to "donate life." Many become organ donors after they die, but Curt Green says he's lucky to have a donor, who's still alive.

"If I ask you for five bucks, it's a pretty good chance that you're going to get it back, but if I ask you for an organ, you're not going to get it back, and there's just everything that could go wrong, you know. So, he came to me and I was speechless," said Curt Green, a kidney recipient.

Paul and Aimee Clancy's daughter, Jennifer, died of a seizure when she was just 25 years old. They wrestled with the decision to donate her organs, but they eventually did. Now, they've seen the impact of that donation in dozens of people.

They even received a letter from one man, who got Jennifer's heart. They're grateful to see their decision impacting so many other lives.

"It brings us comfort to know that she actually lives on in a way, and is still helping people, and we know that she's looking down on us," said Paul Clancy.

The hospital has a display to honor the organ donors. It includes a quilt and a number of symbolic pieces on a table. The 18 candles represent the number of people who die, every day, waiting for an organ to come.

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