Woman celebrates life-saving gift

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DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) —  A young lady says she’s alive today because of a donation she received. It was a life-saving gift. Mikayla Salmons wants to never forget the person who helped her see another day.

“It’s amazing. I’m so glad. I’m even alive today to get another tattoo.”

Salmons has had cystic fibrosis since she was born. She had respiratory failure and was put on life support. She needed new lungs. Thanks to a donor, she got them.

“I don’t think I would be here today if I wouldn’t have received the transplant.”

Salmons is not alone. Thousands are waiting on transplant lists. People at St. Mary’s Hospital are celebrating National Minority Donor Awareness Week by encouraging people, especially people of color, to give their organs.

“Last year, there were 4,700 people waiting on the registry. Almost 1,500 of those were African-Americans.”

Some organs can only be transplanted if ethnicities match. Blacks are less likely to donate than whites. More organ donations are needed from all groups regardless of race.

“It is life saving. You’re giving a gift. When there’s nothing else and you feel there’s nothing else you can give, you can actually give yourself.”

Salmons wants to forever be reminded of the person who gave a life to save hers. After permission from her doctor and waiting one year after transplant, she was able to get the tattoo she’s wanted since she got out of surgery.

“It’s just something I really want to be with me forever and not forget to be grateful to be alive today.” 

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