30 Stories in 30 Days: Giving Second Chances Through the Gift of Life
Posted Apr 14 2013 2:08pm
Adam and Jackie
On July 12, 2008, Adam Schatz, Jackie Foucre’s boyfriend of five-and-a-half years, was kart racing at Road America in Wisconsin. Shortly after the last turn, he was in a terrible accident and was ejected from the kart.
Adam was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to a trauma center nearby. “The outcome of Adam’s accident was not what anyone wanted to hear,” Jackie said. “He had a severe brain stem injury, and there was no hope for recovery.”
Adam was in a coma, and after a week his family made the difficult decision to take him off of ventilator support. They knew he wanted to be an organ and tissue donor, so they talked with the donation team about Adam’s wishes. “Their compassion made the processeasier,” Jackie said.
Since the time Adam offered the gift of life through donation, his family has received correspondence from his liver, kidney and pancreas recipients, all of whom have expressed gratitude for receiving the second chance at life that Adam’s decision to be a donor gave them. “Reading these letters gives me a sense of peace,” Jackie said. “One recipient wrote about celebration of a 36th wedding anniversary and a chance to live again because of Adam’s kidney. Knowing that Adam did this – gave people a second chance at life – is a true blessing.”
Jackie said that organizations like Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network are here to help give people that second chance. “Although I lost my best friend, I know he is proud knowing I’m doing all I can to encourage people to become donors so that they can also give someone else a second chance at life,” Jackie said.