‘It is a gift’ – Two West Virginians tell organ donation, recipient stories

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WV Metro News -- By Shauna Johnson  -- October 18, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia woman whose husband died from a heart attack last fall says she takes comfort in knowing he lives on in new ways because of organ, tissue and cornea donation.

“He was such a giver in life. He loved the Lord and he loved people. This was just another way that he would be able to give to someone,” Tina Miller said of her decision for her late husband, Lt. Col. Chaplain Jack Miller, who died at the age of 46, to become an organ donor.

Lt. Col. Chaplain Jack Miller

She said she thought, “His legacy is continuing. I’m still honoring him. Yeah, I had to do it.”

In 2019, the late Jack Miller was one of the 55 organ donors and 512 tissue and cornea donors from West Virginia.

Due to COVID-19, those with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, also known as CORE, have postponed the ceremony held traditionally in September to honor those donors for their gifts to transplant recipients.

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