For Dr. Leslie Osei-Tutu, an Envision anesthesiologist, National Donor Day has a particularly special meaning. Her son, Omari Pooser-Bennett, was diagnosed with a rare, incurable condition in his late 20s that led to kidney failure and required dialysis. As a mom, she was determined to do whatever it took to help him.
“In order for Omari to receive a Kidney, I had to donate mine,” Dr. Osei-Tutu said.
While they were not a direct match, Dr. Osei-Tutu donated her kidney to another recipient, which enabled someone else to donate their kidney to Omari. Omari now has a second chance at life.
“Living donation is real, and it’s lifesaving,” she said.
On Feb. 14, we celebrate the compassion and generosity of donors like Dr. Osei-Tutu and the strength of their donor recipients. To learn more about the far-reaching impacts of organ, eye and tissue donation, visit Donatelife.net.