- By Dana Sparks
In the Loop: “Through Tragedy, Miracles Can and Do Happen”
On Sept. 28, 2014, Tracy Liedl received a call every parent fears. Her only child, 22-year-old Darryn, was found unresponsive and was on life support at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. Three days later, he was declared brain dead. But a part of him lives on, through a gift he decided to make when he was just 16 years old. "Darryn made the choice to check the box on his driver's license to be an organ donor," says Tracy, a medical secretary at Mayo Clinic. That her son made that choice didn't surprise her. "He was such a kind-hearted, giving person," she tells us. "It was a blessing that we were able to honor his wishes."
So it was that on Oct. 3, 2014, Darryn gave the gift of life to a 20-year-old man, who received one of his kidneys and his liver, and a 49-year-old man, who received his other kidney. "Darryn is truly my hero," Tracy says. Read the rest of Darren's story.