Two women provide first-ever uterus donations in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – According to the Indiana Donor Network, an Indiana woman in her 30’s died unexpectedly this past month and became the first-ever uterus donor.

The woman saved four lives through heart, liver, kidney and lung donation.

Following that first woman’s donation, a woman in her 40’s passed away and became the second-ever Indiana woman to donate her uterus.

That woman was also able to save lives through heart, liver, lung and kidney donation.

The first recovery surgery took place in Fort Wayne and the second took place in Indianapolis.

The first woman’s husband told staff at the Indiana Donor Network about a month ago that his wife had told him she would want to be a donor if she was able to do so.

The second woman’s family said she would have been happy to know she saved lives and potentially helped another woman know what it’s like to be a mom, according to the Indiana Donor Network.

Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and chief executive officer, stated, “These donors are true heroes and their donations are historic. We ask all Hoosiers to join us in keeping their families in our thoughts and prayers, and we sincerely thank them for their lifesaving decision to say yes to donation.”

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(This story was originally published on August 1, 2019)

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