Help Us Save Lives Through Organ Donation
Jonathan chose to be an Organ Donor. Just hours after the accident that took his life, Jonathan’s family had to endure a very lengthy, detailed interview with the New Mexico Organ Donor Services. His parents and sister knew nothing about the program except that they were all donors as well. Jonathan’s father, John, who took the call as Jonathan’s spokesperson, could have refused any use of Jonathan’s body. He didn’t because he wanted to honor Jonathan’s wishes. In doing so, Jonathan’s family made it possible for other lives to be forever enhanced.
Legislation in Jonathan's Name
One of Jonathan’ dear friends, Representative Al Park from Albuquerque initiated in Jonathan’s name in 2002 the legislation (the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act) in the New Mexico House of Representatives to make the heart on New Mexico drivers’ licenses (donor designation) a legal, binding document. The unanimously voted and signed bill made New Mexico one of the few states with such legislation. This legislation, enacted on May 15, 2002, gives the medical staff permission to use organs without further permission from surviving family members, thus alleviating the family from the agonizing call; additionally, more than 60 lives will be saved and/or enhanced.
Because of Jonathan and the recent statewide awareness of organ donation, more legislation has been enacted in recent years - tax credits, organ donor license plates and during the 2007 Legislative Session, Representative Al Park’s original bill (HB1276) was reintroduced, revised and formally named the “Jonathan Spradling Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.”
Fact: Over 50% of the time during this deepest grief, families do not honor their loved one’s wishes. When this happens, the opportunity to help more than 60 different people (8 life’s saved) is gone forever
People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical conditions at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
Currently, over 500 New Mexicans await a life-saving organ transplant (over 112,000 nationwide). Many die daily awaiting an organ transplant. The Spradling family, like so many, knew they were donors, but not much more. Now, one of the missions associated with Jonathan’s Memorial is to support, campaign for and inform as many as possible of this tremendous opportunity.
For more information on Organ Donor Services, please visit: www.donatelife.net.