PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Gift of Life Donor Program are making a push to increase awareness about the need for lifesaving organ donations.
In 2014, Marquis Wood had an asthma attack and went into cardiac arrest.
“While we sat in the hospital for a couple of days we decided to donate his organs,” said Marquis’ mother, Makarita.
Makarita says that decision saved the lives of three other children.
“He was able to donate his heart, his kidney and his liver,” she said.
During an event Monday to kick off Donate Life Month at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Makarita talked about the importance of being a donor, and how it could may potentially help one of the 75 kids on the donor waiting list at the hospital.