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  2. Apr 23, 2019

How To Save a Life

True story: Sarah Gray is overjoyed to learn that not only is she pregnant, but that she’s carrying twins.

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Then doctors make a devastating discovery. One of the children has developed a fatal birth defect and will not survive long outside the womb. The news is soul crushing.

But Sarah and her husband are determined that their child’s life, however brief, will have great purpose. Prior to giving birth, they arrange to donate the boy’s eyes, organs, and blood to medical research. And the impact of those gifts would turn out to be extraordinary.

Countless lives are now being positively impacted because of the couple’s heart-wrenching decision. They did not realize it at the time, but the impact would also extend beyond human life as the lives of countless animals would also be spared because of the donations.

On this special episode of The Exam Room™ Podcast, "The Weight Loss Champion" Chuck Carroll sits down with Sarah Gray, who details an emotional journey that began before birth and continued on long after the death of her son, Thomas, as she tracked down the researchers who were using his organs as part of trailblazing medical science.

Gray has also chronicled the story in the book A Life Everlasting, which she dedicated to Thomas.

Chuck is also joined by Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., who is the vice president of research policy for the Physicians Committee. She has interesting insight on the specific diseases that are benefiting from organ and tissue donation, including leading forms of cancer.

Kristie also details how animals can be spared from medical research because of your decision to donate!

Become an Organ and Tissue Donor

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