National ‘Donate Life’ month remembers organ, tissue, eye donors

Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 9:36 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - In honor of national ‘Donate Life’ month, Christus Ochsner Hospital raised the flag in remembrance of local organ donors.

Among those honored, was Castille Anthony Hebert. His wife, Elaine Hebert spoke about her husband and the impact he was able to make as an organ donor, even after he passed away two years ago.

“The funeral people got there to pick up his body, they had called because my husband had donor on his license,” Elaine Hebert said.

Hebert explains that her husband died just two years ago. Having been an organ donor, he was able to donate tissue which can be used for burn victims.

“I believe in this cause, I feel that it is very important, and it allows for those people out there that need that little extra along the line as of tissue, eyes, organs, whatever,” Hebert said.

A far too familiar situation for Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, whose wife and daughter were killed in two separate car accidents four years apart.

“When my wife died and my daughter died, we were in the depths of despair and sadness, because nothing of that sort is ever expected,” Dr. Moritsugu said.

He too is an advocate for organ donating.

“Despite that we were really tragically sad, we knew that each of them was leaving a legacy of life on this earth,” Dr. Moritsugu said.

Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, also known as LOPA, serves as a bridge between donors with the approximate 2,000 people in Louisiana on the transplant waiting list, giving people like Elaine Hebert and Dr. Moritsugu a different way to remember their loved ones.

“Because of them, we felt great comfort, in our lives as well,” Dr. Moritsugu said.

“It just makes me realize, that even though he is gone, he is still here with me,” Hebert said.

For more information about LOPA, click here.

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