In the world of organ transplants, one person could potentially save eight lives. Each donor has two lungs and two kidneys, as well as a heart, liver, pancreas, and intestine. When you count non-lifesaving organs, like eyes or skin, even more people could be helped by a complete body donation.
Many of us have the orange donor dot on our drivers’ licenses, but that alone isn't quite enough to ensure your wishes are carried out.
Actor Tiersa Ferraro says working on the play has been a profound experience and a reminder. "Maybe instead of a new lesson, maybe it’s a reminder to appreciate and love those people around us," she says. "And letting them know while they’re here. Not after they’ve passed and feeling the regret of that."
Nursing supervisor for transplant services at St. Luke’s, Adam Kallio, isn't usually part of a theatrical production about organ transplants, but, he says, when theatre tackles a subject like this everyone wins. "It does bring awareness to people about the need and the powerful gift that is transplant."
Domino Heart runs through October 8th.