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Local Footballer’s Death Brought Life

Fletcher didn't know at the time that the boy she was reading about in the news is the same boy that would save her 15-year-old son Austin. Austin had battled Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a liver disease, for years. While his mom was reading the article about Drew Swank, Austin's transplant coordinator called to tell him she had found a perfect match for him. The transplant was a success and Austin says his new liver brought him back to being a normal 15-year-old boy. "It means life, I got a second chance at life," he said/Sally Showman, KXLY. More here.

Question: Are you an organ donor?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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