Fort Worth, Texas,
16
April
2015
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09:26 PM
America/Chicago

Organ donation: A Buddy for life

Teen donates organs and saves child’s life

Cook Children’s currently has 12 patients waiting for a kidney.

Thanks to a gracious act of kindness from one teenager in Arizona, a 1 year old from Joshua, Texas is no longer on that list.

Following a head injury while competing in a North Texas motocross event, Kenneth “Buddy” Wentworth III died at the age of 16 on Oct. 3, 2014. Buddy’s parents gave consent for donation. Since his death, Buddy donated his heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, corneas and other tissue at JPS Health Network.

Eli received one of Buddy’s kidneys. Eli’s kidneys were destroyed because of massive blood loss by placental abruption, a complication of pregnancy in which the placenta separates from the uterus before birth.

Eli was one of the 134 kidney transplants that have taken place at Cook Children’s since 1993, when the organ donation program began.

The Wentworths and the Marskis met for the first time this week as part of the annual “Life Gift” flag raising ceremony that took place at Cook Children’s on April 16, 2015. The Wentworths flew from their home in Arizona especially to be there.

Darbie, Buddy’s mom, said the organ donation was Buddy’s idea.

Darbie said, “When I took Buddy to get his license, he said, ‘Mom, can I be a donor?’ My response was, ‘Dude, do you know what that means?”

It meant saving a little Eli’s life.

“Because of Buddy’s choice, we have the opportunity to raise our child and for that I will be forever grateful,”said Kammi Marski, Eli’s mom.

For more information

Each year, the number of patients with organ and tissue needs far surpasses the number of donors. Transplantation is one of the most extraordinary stories of hope in medicine. One person can help improve the lives of up to 50 people. Becoming a donor could help many individuals pursue their hopes and dreams and have a better life. Consider the amazing gift you give when choosing to be an organ donor. Learn more here. Visit LifeGift's site here.

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