Young mother dies awaiting transplant

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I didn’t know Kerry Hutchins, but her death has touched me deeply, as it will you. Watching this video will make you all too aware of how precious the gift of life is.

The young mother from the west side of the state died Saturday at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where she had lived since April awaiting a double lung transplant. She was born with cystic fibrosis and the only chance for this mother of two to survive was a double lung transplant.

As she waited for organs to become available, her condition deteriorated. She was removed from the transplant list on Wednesday because she couldn’t survive the surgery.

On Saturday, she died.

The Grand Rapids Press did several stories on Kerry, including a front-page story Sunday about her death.

Kerry’s wish was to get as many people as possible to sign up to become tissue and organ donors. While she wasn’t able to get a life-saving lung transplant herself, she’s leaving quite a legacy by inspiring others to sign up for the donor registry. According to Gift of Life Michigan, half the donors registered over the weekend were from Kent County, where Kerry was from.

If you haven’t signed up for the Gift of Life registry, makes it easy for you. This website runs the Gift of Life Donor Drive 2010 widget in the right column as a service for you, as well as those awaiting life-saving transplants. If you click on the first tab of the widget, you’ll be able to sign up on the registry directly from the website.

Video of Kerry Hutchins courtesy of Gift of Life Michigan.

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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. She is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse. You can check out her website by clicking here.