Normally full of energy and known for always working, Amos Beamon was suddenly slowed. Doctors gave him the news that both his heart and liver were failing. He needed a double transplant.
“It was terrible. I couldn't do anything,” says Amos. “They told my wife and me if I didn’t have the transplants that I would die.”
As Amos’ health deteriorated, he waited patiently on the transplant waiting list. One summer day, he finally got the news that they found a match for a new heart and liver.“When they call you, it’s something you can’t explain,” says Amos. “It’s scary, but it’s joy.”
Since having the transplants, Amos’ life has returned to normal. “I can walk, go to work and spend time in the garden. Everything has changed. It’s like a totally different life.”
Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the organ transplant waiting list.
Approximately 113,000 men, women, and children are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. One organ donor has the power to save up to eight lives and change the outcomes of someone’s world forever by giving them a second chance. Additionally, tissue donation can save and improve the lives of up to 75 people with their gifts. You can make a huge impact by registering as an organ and tissue donor.
Learn more about organ and tissue donation, or register as a donor at https://donatelifewisconsin.org.