Fabian Douglas

Fabian was a 27-year-old young man full of life who loved to make people laugh.

When he was sixteen and getting his driver's license, Fabian came home and told me he wanted to donate his organs if something ever happened to him.

He always said, "Mom, I don't think I'm going to live to be old." I asked him what he meant, and he said he thought he'd only live to be about 30.

When he died at age 27, I remembered what he said and donated his organs. It was almost as though he knew his destiny.

I am Fabian's mother, and I had been a diabetic for about 22 years at the time, and my kidneys had started to show signs of failing.

Fabian had told me that when the time came for me to have a transplant, he wanted to donate one of his to me... but he died eight months before my kidneys completely failed, and so I went on the waiting list for a cadaver kidney.

I waited four years before receiving my new kidney. I have had my kidney three years and eight months now, and I am doing very good, thanks to the parents who donated their son's organs and gave me a second chance at life.

--- Lucy Woods