BOONVILLE - Dalton Douglas Dorrity, or "3D" as he was sometimes called, died in an automobile accident last year. His mother, Amy Samson, wasn’t able to give his body up for organ donations due to delays in procedures. She’s now trying to help people with body donation through a law called "Dalton’s Law."
"There’s a lot to learn about organ donation and I don’t think people really know, so it’s not that big of a deal, and it can really help a lot of people," said Samson.
The law is designed to speed up the process of organ donation by holding the coroner or medical examiner responsible for calling an organ procurement organization, to make them aware that a death has taken place.
"He was so young. I mean everything just… there was so much that could have been, you know, helpful to somebody else you know and change the lives of so many other people."
In addition to the proposed legislation, Amy has also organized a blood drive in Dalton’s name. She tells us there was such a good turnout for blood donations last year, the American Red Cross had to hold a second blood drive to accommodate the demand.
"Last year we did 64 units. That’s a pretty high bar. It’s a really high bar, so I’m hoping… I hope we can meet it. I don’t know though, or you know match it. If not you know whatever we give just in memory of Dalton is OK."
You can make a difference before a tragedy happens by simply filling out an organ donation form, or put it on your driver’s license. It’s something 3D would want us all to do.
"I know it is. I know that he would just be so proud of it. Yeah."
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