School Patrol: Young Boy Alive Because Of Organ Donor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There are some 102,000 Tennesseans waiting for organ transplants, and each year, many of them die waiting for the life saving donations. One boy has a bright future because he received a transplant.
About four years ago Parker's parents, Candace and Josh Mills, realized their baby was ill.
"It was an acute case. It was a short case they think it was a virus that attacked his liver. He was completely healthy at birth, and they said this happens to about 25 children in the U.S. every year," said Candace.
The virus moved quickly and after a trip to a specialist in St. Louis they were told Parker would need a transplant to live.
"You sit and you pray and it's the most helpless feeling that you ever will experience as a parent. That all you want to do is fix your children. All you want to do is make them healthy and you will do whatever you can and at this point, you have to pray and you have to wait," said Candace.
The waiting paid off and five days after being told he needed a transplant - a liver became available.
"Parker received a liver from a 15-year-old girl who had passed away on a 4-wheeler. And the fact that her parents made that decision during such a crisis and critical time, I mean, it was so unexpected and it was so immediate, the fact that they were generous enough to give life to someone else, when they were in pain, it's just something that I can never repay them for," said Candace.
Parker has all the energy of a 4-year-old because of the donor.
"Had Parker's donor not signed her organ donor card a week before she had her accident, Parker would be dead and all she did was check ‘yes.' My son's alive because of that.
Parker's picture can be found of the side of a Metro Bus in hope that his picture will inspire Middle Tennesseans to be organ donors.