“They told you not to contact me within the first year. I was waiting for you to do it the day after,” Bates said to Betty.
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Betty always wanted to meet the people keeping her daughter’s spirit alive and she finally got to do that with Michael, but it won’t be her last reunion.
Tomorrow, Betty will meet the woman who received her daughter’s lungs.
She hopes to inspire family members who have lost loved ones to consider organ donation.
“What I want to do is draw awareness to family members that they please share your wishes, because when it comes to hospital settings, you’re not thinking about that and a life could be saved...two lives could be saved,” Betty said.
There are 2,900 people waiting for organ donation in Ohio, according to Life Connection of Ohio.
More information about organ donation and the opportunity to register to be a donor can be found on Connection of Ohio’s website.