Six-year old Noah Michael Davis of Shawnee, Kansas. wanted to be a policeman so he could make sure “everyone was safe.” He didn’t make it. Instead, he drowned in the family swimming pool and was declared brain dead. Although he couldn’t help everyone, his family did donate his kidneys, giving two very sick people their lives back. On what would have been his seventh birthday, he was sworn in as an honorary police officer.
Noah Davis, Honorary Police Officer
(Courtesy: the Davis family)
Cora Hill of Orlando, Florida, 22 years old, dying from cystic fibrosis and, having received a new pair lungs that in time failed, in chronic pain and too weak for another transplant, came to a decision: calmly, but definitively, she told her family she wanted to be taken off life support and donate her kidneys.
In this photo, courtesy of the Hill family, she is holding the baby of a friend. Two days later, her ventilator was switched off and the lives of two very sick people were transformed. Her mother, Dee (who is in the photo) says it was Cora’s last smile.
The Policlinico Gemelli hospital, connected to the Catholic University of Rome, says “The Nicholas Effect” video (available at www.nicholasgreen.org under DVDs) is the most frequently-watched item on its website, even in competition with universal killers like cancer or headline grabbers like Zika.
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The ripples from Nicholas’ death continue to spread even after 21 years: here is an article from a Russian publication, which includes a photo of his seven recipients and the five members of the Green family taken two years after the transplants. Russian organ donation rates are very low and many people are repelled by the idea. Personal stories like this, showing the tremendous results of a single donation, can have a considerable impact.
Published on March 2016