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MISSION, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A liver transplant saved La Joya ISD highschool pupil Shantel Garza.
Sixteen years in the past, Shantel was recognized with liver cirhossis. Shantel’s mom, Alicia took a go to to Corpus Christi to talk with a specialist and he advised her the liver was “dangerous.”
“That’s the time it grew to become worrisome for us,” mentioned Alicia.
Alicia granted medical doctors permission to carry out a Kasai process to bypass an gut to Shantel’s liver to empty the bile ducts in hopes that may forestall mandatory transplantation however didn’t work.
Shortly after, Alicia put Shantel on the USA’ liver transplant ready checklist the place she was on maintain for 9 months earlier than receiving a transplant at 10 months outdated by way of the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance.
“We simply thank God there was a donor that gave her a second likelihood at life,” mentioned Alicia.
To assist increase consciousness for organ donation and for these in related conditions to Shantel’s, TOSA is working a marketing campaign referred to as ‘National Minority Donor Awareness Month’ all through August.
In response to TOSA’s Senior Communications Coordinator, Edwina Garza ‘Nationwide Minority Donor Consciousness Month’ is a marketing campaign centered on educating the necessity for donors, addressing any donation myths and misconceptions, and normalizing organ donation.
Edwina added that there’s a want for organ donors within the multiracial and minority communities, however these communities are those who aren’t donating as a lot. Donations that come from the identical ethnic group because the recipient are extra possible to achieve success.
“60% of the folks ready at present in the USA come from multiracial communities,” mentioned Edwina. And out of that, 10,000 are ready in Texas.
Edwina mentioned the rationale for such a big share is that in Hispanic and African American communities there are excessive cases of hypertension and diabetes which in flip requires a kidney transplant which makes up for 80% of the requested donations on the waitlist.
Alicia and Shantel at present volunteer with TOSA in hopes of additional educating the significance of organ donation.
“All of us must get collectively to assist others which can be in want, ready for a liver transplant as a result of like at present–I wouldn’t have my daughter right here with me having fun with what she does now and us having her all this time we now have to have been in a position to have her,” mentioned Alicia.
Quick ahead 16 years and Shantel is now getting into her 11th-grade yr in La Joya ISD the place she is taking school programs, concerned in her college’s choir, and learning cosmetology.
Shantel advised ValleyCentral that past cosmetology although, she is hoping to develop into a transplant physician in order that she give others a second likelihood at life like she was.
By donating an organ, eight lives could be saved. When donating tissue, as much as 75 folks may have their lives enhanced.
You may develop into an organ donor by way of the Texas Division of Motor Automobiles when getting a driver’s license or you’ll be able to go to TOSA’s website for extra info.