Karen Abercrombe will be joining Dr. Galati this week to talk about organ and tissue donation. Her sister, Julie De Rossi, 44, lived life to the fullest: She loved to race cars and scuba dive, and was fiercely protective of her family, especially her son, Aaron Hehr. Hehr was the last person to see his mother alive. Two years ago, on her way home from her job as a music promoter, she stopped at his house to bring him orange juice because he wasn't feeling well. After she left, she was hit by a drunk driver going more than 100 miles per hour. The other driver was uninjured. She was rushed to a hospital in Houston. It was like 4:15 in the morning," when the hospital called, said De Rossi's mother, Dorothy Hyde. "You know it's bad news."
De Rossi's mother, sister and son gathered around her bedside to say their goodbyes. She never regained consciousness. The family knew she wanted to be an organ donor.
"When a spirit and soul dies, and all that's left is the body," explained De Rossi's mom, "it's a crime to waste all the body that's left. The donor doesn't need it anymore."
To date, that decision to donate organs and tissue has changed the lives of 35 people, including NFL quarterback Carson Palmer, whose knee was rebuilt using De Rossi's Achilles tendon more two years after her death.
Karen will be joined by Life Gift Organ Donation staff to talk about this tremendous gift, and how the general public needs to become more educated on organ and tissue donation, and dispell some of the misunderstandings that surrounds organ donation.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation, and Julie De Rossi, explore the links below.