As the months dragged on, while he waited for a donor, Catherine said the family became increasing concerned. “It was pretty nerve wracking, but then we got the call,” she said.
Today, Carter is healthy and happy thanks to receiving the liver.
“He was walking a month after the transplant and eating four months after that,” Catherine said. “He’s a normal 3-year-old now. That is definitely a good feeling.”
To this day, she doesn’t know the name of the donor or even where the donor lived, but she said she thanks God every day that that person arranged to share his or her life with her son.
Suzanna Mouton with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, who also assisted with the flag raising, said this is just one of many flags being raised at hospitals throughout the state during April.
“We are doing this to let all our communities understand how important our partnership is,” Mouton said.
“OGHS works so closely with us. It is important that the staff gets to see the living side of donations. Too often they only see the death. This helps them understand that organ donations really do save lives,” Mouton said.
Her only regret is that there are so many more lives in need of help.
“With more than 1,700 people in Louisiana waiting on a life-saving organ transplant, LOPA’s mission is simple — help save lives through organ and tissue donation,” Mouton said.
She said a single donor can change scores of lives.
“One donor can save up to nine lives. By donating your tissue, you can help up to 100 people, and if you donate your corneas you can bring sight to two people,” Mouton said.