As a nurse, Sharon Hudson had always been pro organ donation given she had been exposed to the process several times throughout her career. She never thought she’d be in the shoes of the donor families she helped to support, but when her son tragically passed away she found herself with a decision to make during the hardest moment of her life.
“Brady was in the hospital for a week. We were told his brain injury was catastrophic and that he’d never recover, there would be no hope for recovery,” she said. “As a family, we agreed we did not want his death to be in vain. We didn’t want him to go without some good coming from it.”
Hudson’s son was able to donate his heart, kidneys, liver and corneas. “He never signed up to be an organ donor but he would have wanted to be an organ donor. Because he was the type of person who would go out of his way to help for the good of others.”
Although Hudson has not had communication yet from the recipients, she knows they ranged in age from 29 to 54.
“It lessens the pain a little bit since he still lives on,” Hudson said. “If I had a family member who was an organ recipient, oh how I would rejoice, you know?”
Hudson continued, “I know that somebody’s got to keep their daddy or their daughter or their mother because of an organ that Brady provided to them. It was good to know that. I don’t think I could have watched him die knowing that that was it.”
Nursing is one of the most respected professions because at the end of the day, nurses enjoy helping people. Which is why Hudson would encourage anyone to become an organ donor if given the choice. “There’s that saying, ‘Don’t take your organs to heaven; heaven knows we need them here’ and I just love that. If there’s some way to help somebody, I would be willing to do it,” she said.
“It’s so important to know that you’ve done something positive in the world because Lord knows we need more positivity.”
Organ donors use their death to give others life – and by doing so, they give recipients and their families something to be extra-thankful for.