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A family rises from tragedy through organ donation

The unimaginable happened to a farm family in Minnesota when Eric Howard suffered a fatal injury. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares the story of how organ donation is helping them heal after the tragedy.

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Eric and Chris Howard with sons Lucas, Seth, Cody and Quin
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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The need for organ donation is huge. Lifesource, an organ procurement organization, notes on their website that every day in the U.S., an average of 17 people die waiting for a donor organ. And right now, more than 100,000 people are waiting for the gift of life.

The woman you're about to meet lost her husband in a farming accident. Chris Howard and her four children, Lucas, Seth, Quin and Cody, find comfort in knowing that Eric Howard's donated organs are keeping others alive.

"My husband's heart is still beating," says Howard. "No matter how hard everybody tried we couldn't save him. But we were able to save others. And that helps."

Watch or listen to this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion" to hear the story of how organ transplantation is helping the Howard family find meaning in loss.

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Opinion by Viv Williams
Viv Williams hosts the NewsMD podcast and column, "Health Fusion." She is an Emmy (and other) award-winning health and medical reporter whose stories have run on TV, digital and newspaper outlets nationwide. Viv is passionate about boosting people's health and happiness by helping them access credible, reliable and research-based health information from top experts. She regularly interviews experts and patients from leading medical institutions, such as Mayo Clinic.
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