The loss of a young child is devastating. Little Deegan was diagnosed with a cavernous brain malformation shortly before his second birthday. He was taken in for surgery right away, but there were complications. His parents, Bailey Johnson and Josh Pramann, were faced with a heart-wrenching decision.
Because they chose to donate Deegan’s organs, three other young children were saved. Deegan’s heart now beats in a 3-year-old, his liver saved a 1-year-old, and a 4-year-old received Deegan’s lower intestines (a very rare transplant procedure). Deegan’s knee cartilage was harvested and will be used to help many patients; it can be kept for up to five years to be used when needed.
A benefit “Drive for Donors” will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, starting at Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty. Registration starts at 11 a.m., with the drive (bike, hot-rod, or street car) starting at noon. They will return to Pearl Lake Lodge between 2:30 and 3 p.m. for food and entertainment. Rockin’ Rolliewoods will perform from 2-6 p.m. There also will be a silent auction and meat raffle. Proceeds will go to Life Source, an organ placement organization. (Check them out at www.life-source.org.)
“Don’t think of organ donation as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It’s really a total stranger keeping a part of you or your loved one alive. Please consider being an organ donor. Look how many people our 22-month-old little Deegan was able to help.”