I had a head on collision on Jan 2, 1983. I was a junior attending USC and had to have reconstructive surgery on my face and wore a neck brace for a few months. I had a non-displaced fracture in my neck that over time became calcified, and eventually led to the need for corrective spine surgery using donor bone. Just prior to my surgery, I had severe pain in my feet that doctors thought was attributed to my diabetes. I also had decreased range of motion in my arms and legs. Much of this was thought to be from my long stay at the Med Center while I recovered from kidney and liver failure.
The patient satisfaction rate for my spine procedure is now over 90% and I was very convinced that receiving donor bone was the right thing for me. I did a lot of research online, consulted with a few doctors, and then chose one locally. I was informed the procedure success rate is due to the use of donor bone and its ability to fuse with host bone much better than any synthetic material. Now I am able to sleep through the night again. I have full movement of my arms and can walk distances again. I also have less pain in my feet and my balance is much improved. Before, I was unable to walk down stairs without fear of falling. My donor family did a great thing when they agreed to bone donation, and hopefully their donation helped many more than just me.
I cannot say "thank you" enough to the donor and the medical staff at The Nebraska Medical Center. We moved to Omaha 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease. Although I am stable now, I also know one day I will need another family to make that same decision when the time comes that I become a candidate for a liver transplant. Not only has my life been saved and my quality of life enhanced, but I have a new appreciation for life and I support Donate Life.