On Nov. 21, 2015, 14-year-old Da’Quan Nichols-Cox lost his life from injuries sustained in a car accident. Through the gift of organ donation, Da’Quan was determined to be a match for five patients in need. Incredibly, transplant teams successfully completed one heart, two liver and two kidney transplants in a 24-hour span, giving the grateful kids a second chance at life.
Two years to the day since Da’Quan’s passing, his mom, Inica, and four of the recipients – ranging from ages 3 to 12 – and their parents met for the first time. This connection is possible because of Inica’s selfless decision to help other families hoping for a donation miracle.
“I can’t believe the impact that my son has had on other families because of the decision that me and my family made,” says Inica.
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.