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Published November 04, 2011, 10:00 PM

Family of Eleni Wilson honor her memory through organ donation

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When the parents of Eleni Wilson were faced with the realization, the West Fargo teenager would not survive the trauma of a brain aneurism, they made a life saving decision so few of us can imagine.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

When the parents of Eleni Wilson were faced with the realization, the West Fargo teenager would not survive the trauma of a brain aneurism, they made a life saving decision so few of us can imagine.

Geoff and Maria Wilson were not aware of how organ donation works---- how families should discuss it, and take the step to have it noted on a driver's license. Today, just days after their daughter's funeral, the family talked of the loss, and the gifts she left behind.

Few can imagine the heartache of standing in front of strangers talking about the sudden loss of a child. But Maria Wilson today shared the story of her daughter Eleni....taken from her too soon, but today living on in grateful organ recipients.

Maria Wilson – Eleni’s Mom: “That is the only good feeling, that and God there is nothing else. Everything else is empty just knowing she gave life.”

Maria admits she and her husband knew very little about organ donation, drivers license options, family discussions. It took Eleni's friends.

Maria Wilson: “There were hundreds of kids in the hospital, and I just asked, 'Guys, what would you do, show of hands if this was you, would you donate your organs?' everyone of the kids lifted their hands. And I wondered do their parents know, have they talked about this.”

The United States has now hit the 100 million mark for people registered as organ donors with our tri-state area ranking in the top ten. Eleni's story makes the impact. A life lost.....several saved. Families changed by an unselfish decision to give.

Three thousand people in our tri-state area are waiting for an organ transplant right now.

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