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Gift of Life Celebrates Saving Lives and Setting Records in 2007
Date:1/18/2008

1,054 gifts of life were transplanted because of the generosity of donors and their families

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For 3-year-old Ally Heintz, of Perkiomenville, 2007 was a year that brought the greatest joy after what might have been the darkest low. Waiting for a multi-organ transplant, her parents Shane and Jill watched their young daughter teeter near death in April, hoping for a miracle.

That wish was answered just three months later in July, when her parents received a call that there was a life-saving transplant available for her. Since then, Ally has been on a steady road to recovery, and her parents are anxious to watch their little girl begin her life anew, thankful to the donor who made that possible.

Ally's story is just one of the hundreds that proved organ and tissue donation saved lives in 2007. Gift of Life Donor Program, the organ procurement organization for eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, has diligently worked with area health care providers and families for more than three decades to facilitate donation and promote it as a life-saving means, and last year proved to be one of the most successful years.

In 2007, the gifts of 389 generous organ donors helped Gift of Life coordinate a total of 1,054 life-saving transplants over the course of the year. This was able to take place because of those donors and their family members who looked past their own tragedies and chose to save or enhance someone's life, like Ally and many others.

Last year, Gift of Life also coordinated a record-setting 698 bone recoveries, 416 skin donations and 1,391 cornea donations, among countless other tissue recoveries that greatly improved the life of thousands of tissue recipients. While not as readily publicized as organ donation, these gifts are no less miraculous. Transplanted bone can help rebuild a damaged limb and save it from amputation. Donated corneas can restor
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