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Organ Donor Encourages Others to Donate After Receiving New Heart

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Local organ donor and recipient encouraged others to become donors. Local organ donor and recipient encouraged others to become donors.
KENNEWICK, WA- Oscar Sainz explained why organ donation is so important and how it has changed his life.

Oscar Sainz is an advocate for organ donations and received a transplant that saved his life and he wants to inform others.

“They're not going to sit there and look through your license and see if you have a heart on it,” said Sainz when asked what medical responders do when an organ donor gets in an accident.  He said that is not their main focus, which is something he wants people to understand.

Oscar had congestive heart failure years ago and it forced him to get a mechanical heart.  While on the waiting list to get a new heart, he thought transplants meant someone had to die in order for him to live, but he was relieved when he learned that was not the case.

“This person signed up to be an organ donor just for that reason, if something was to happen to them that they may have an opportunity to help somebody else out,” said Sainz.

Nearly 123,000 people are wait for transplants each year according to the American Transplant Foundation.

Sainz said he was not the only one who benefited after he received his transplant.

“The recipients are my kids, my friends, my family, the community,” said Sainz.

He is now a donor and said there is no greater feeling that knowing you can save someone else's life.

“If organ donation was something that was going to save one your family member's lives, someone that you love, you'd want that to happen,” said Sainz.

Nothing compared to the sound of new life when doctors asked if he wanted to hear his new heart.

“As soon as she turned that audio on and I heard that heart beating loud and proud, that was the moment I understand exactly what organ transplant was all about,” said Sainz.

One donor can actually save up to eight lives and impact as many as 50 people.

The DMV is not the only way to sign up to be an organ donor.  You can go to www.donatelifetoday.com to register and for more information.

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