Organ donor recipients speak out

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Meanwhile, some organ recipients held an event of their own today to drive home the point that lives are truly on the line.

A news conference hosted by Broome County Executive Jason Garnar was held at the health department with members of the local volunteer group that helps to promote the Center for Donation and Transplantation for New York and Vermont.

Jessica Watts found out that she had a disease that was breaking down her liver when she was only 21 and still in college.

She went from an active lifestyle, working and playing sports to being gravely ill.

Watts received her liver at age 24 in 2002 and is now married with children.

Her donor’s family remained anonymous, but she knows what she would say to them.

“Everything I know today is because of that moment.  My children, my family.  I’m able to be a better friend, I’m able to be a better community member.  I’m able to enjoy life.  It’s just everything.  It’s really the most ultimate gift that anybody can receive.”

Watts stresses that more people are eligible than they realize.

For more information on the Center for Donation and Transplantation, go to

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