As his family’s month-long vacation to Italy approached, seven year-old Nicholas Green became increasingly excited about the trip. The rosy-cheeked second grader devoured books on Roman history. He announced that Julius Caesar was his new hero. Nicholas showed great interest in the Greek and Roman myths that his mother, Maggie, read to him, particularly the one about Persephone. She was the young goddess kidnapped by the King of the Underworld but, because of her mothers grief allowed to return to earth for a few months each year. “The idea of a sad little person below the ground and the joy of coming back again, he seemed to get the idea of rebirth in an adult way'; recalled his father Reginal Green. For the Green
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Organ and tissue that can’t be used for transplants can often be used to help scientists find cures for serious illness. Many organs and tissues can be donated. The heart, lungs, kidneys, and pancreas as well as corneas, bone, shin heart valves, and blood vessels are some of the organs and tissues that can be used to help improve the quality of life for people needing transplants and other surgical procedures.
Signing a donor card will not affect the care you receive at the hospital. If you are injured and brought to an emergency room, you will receive the best possible care, whether or not you are an organ donor. The organ transplant system is fair. The distribution of donated organs allows equal access for all patients awaiting a transplant in the United States. The national Transplant Act mandated the establishment of a national computer system for organ sharing that is based on the need availability.
Major religions support organ and tissue donation. Many faiths openly encourage it, seeing this as a final act of giving. The act of giving is exactly what the Greens did by donating Nicholas’ organs. “His future was taken away from him. We thought it was very important to give his future to someone who had lost theirs'; said Reginal Green.
In the days following Nicholas’ death, organ donation in Italy increased 400 percent. The Country’s Consul General told the