By writer to thesouthern.com
Brenda Dreyer of Marion had a special type of wait. Along with her kidneys failing resulting from her autoimmune illness, Dreyer, of Marion, waited for a donor that was a match for a transplant.
That was sixteen years in the past — and she or he in the end acquired a life-saving transplant on Oct. 9, 2006.
“My life goes on due to an ideal stranger,” she mentioned Tuesday.
That stranger turned out to be Brian Forrest, a firefighter from New York, she mentioned. She carries his image together with her.
On Tuesday, the Cantrells and Dreyer shared their tales at an occasion at SIH Herrin Hospital, the place the St. Louis-based Mid-America Transplant honored the hospital with the Reward of Life Medal for the work to assist and encourage organ donation.
Rodney Smith, SIH vp and administrator of SIH Herrin Hospital, talked concerning the honor for organ donors.
“Once they (the medical workforce) have performed all the things they’ll to protect life, the affected person does yet one more factor by organ donation,” Smith mentioned.
The employees traces the corridor because the affected person is taken to donate to honor the affected person and household.
In 2019, Jessica Cantrell was one among two Herrin Hospital sufferers who donated organs that supplied life-saving transplants for 3 individuals.
— to thesouthern.com