CACHE VALLEY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — April is donate life month. A time to bring more awareness to becoming an organ donor. Intermountain Medical Center Transplant Services performs on average 100 kidney transplants a year with about 45% of those coming from living donors. For a Cache County recipient, it gave her 11 more years of life.
Vicki Hambly, sister, “she was an inspiration in the last 11 years of her life.”
Vicki Hambly got to spend more time with her big sister Diana Fisher, because of organ donors.
Diana had suffered diabetes since she was a young girl, and as an adult her kidneys started failing. 11 years ago, she received a kidney and pancreas transplant.
While these past 11 years hadn’t been easy for Diana, she spent that time advocating for organ donations, even painting a message on the side of the family farm.
Tonya Woodbrey, Diana’s mother, “it symbolizes the extra time we had with her and how important it is to be a donor.”
She spent her last years of her life tying up lose ends and being with family and making lasting memories.
Hambly, “she didn’t leave anything undone. That was most important to her.”
Dr. Srini Srinivas at Intermountain Medical Center Transplant Services says organ donors change lives and is part of the human condition of taking care of one another.
“When a person dies they don’t take their organs with them and that gift of life when a family or person decides to donate their organs leaves a lasting legacy.”
Diana died this past January at age 53. Because of other health issues, Diana wasn’t eligible for another transplant. She and her family never took for granted the time they had with her.
Hambly, “she only had herself to give. She wanted people know about organ donations.”