Hilco Real Estate 6-2024

A giving heart

by | Feb 17, 2016 | Latest

 

By Joe Reavis

Staff Writer

[email protected]

The sudden death of her father in 2014 turned into a positive, life-changing event for Dana Ashley of Wylie through the organ donor program of Southwest Transplant Alliance.

Her father, Jim Ashley, had expressed interest in donating his organs if he were to die and his wish helped give life to a number of people needing transplants.

“My father was a very giving person,” the Wylie woman said. “His last gift to give was life.”

Jim, 54, owned a moving company in Dallas and in July 2014 he was loading a truck when he collapsed, fell out of the truck and hit his head. Dana reported that her father was diagnosed with having suffered head trauma, but an autopsy later revealed that he suffered a massive stroke.

Dana and her husband, Clynt, were in Houston at the time of the accident and immediately rushed home to the hospital, as did her brother, Justin. They learned on arrival that their father was not responsive and no brain activity could be detected. At that point, the siblings made the decision to approve donation of organs.

“My dad was always very open with my brother and I,” Dana said. “We knew everything he wanted, and organ donation was one of those things.”

SWT stepped in to facilitate the process of testing the organs, contacting donor lists and counseling family members. Jim was on life support for a week to keep the organs functioning until surgery could be performed to harvest the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver.

“Once they found matches for everything, they let us know when the surgery would take place,” Dana recalled. “We all said our goodbyes.”

“In a day full of fog, that was the only thing that kept us going, to know that he would live on,” she added.

Since her father’s death and donation of his organs, the Wylie woman has become an active advocate for STA, often helping staff information booths at public events, such as concerts at GEXA Center in Dallas, and giving talks about organ donation. She also visited with family members who have met recipients of their loved ones’ organs and decided to reach out to the man who received her father’s heart.

The transplant organization facilitates the process of connecting a donor family member with a recipient, after determining whether a recipient is receptive to a meeting. The process takes some time, but Dana reported that the recipient of her father’s heart agreed to meeting her and they got together last summer after visiting on the telephone several times.

Ironically, Dana pointed out, the recipient, a man in his 70s, has the same first name as her father and lives in the same Garland neighborhood in which she and her brother were reared. Dana and Justin went to visit and were treated to brownies and iced tea provided by the recipient’s wife. They presented him with a gift of an eagle statuette because their father liked eagles.

“We were there for hours. The conversation just kept going,” Ashley said. “His personality is sort of like my dad’s.”

For full story see The Wylie News at http://www.etypeservices.com/Wylie%20NewsID245/default.aspx.

Dana Ashley listens to Jim Luna's heart. Dana's dad Jim Ashley, passed away suddenly in 2014 and Luna was the recipient of his heart.

Dana Ashley listens to Jim Luna’s heart. Dana’s dad, Jim Ashley, passed away suddenly in 2014 and Luna was the recipient of his heart.

Subscribe RH Love

0 Comments

NTMWD Plant Smart 2024

Related News

Juneteenth recognized, appointments made

Juneteenth recognized, appointments made

The Juneteenth holiday, June 19, was recognized by council and members of the Juneteenth Organization of Wylie last night. Also recognized was Wylie Way student Oliver Hernandez. In other business at the Tuesday, June 11 regular meeting, council reviewed vacancies and...

read more
Juneteenth Celebration is Saturday

Juneteenth Celebration is Saturday

The Juneteenth Gospel Choir rehearsing at Heaven’s Journey Fellowship Church on Friday, June 7. Celebrate freedom, and its roots in Texas, at a community gathering downtown. A showcase of culture and heritage, Wylie’s Fifth Annual Juneteenth Celebration is 10 a.m. to...

read more
Big night for big cats

Big night for big cats

Vickey Keahey, founder and president of In-Sync Exotics, presents Tim Harrison a painting crafted by Lambert the lion at the Saturday, June 8 fundraiser gala. Courtesy Dave Smith It was a star-studded affair Saturday night as the community gathered to support its...

read more
Bluegrass on Ballard is June 29

Bluegrass on Ballard is June 29

Darin and Brooke Aldridge, a Billboard chart-topping act, are performing at Bluegrass on Ballard. Courtesy of Darin and Brooke Aldridge Bluegrass on Ballard, one of the biggest local annual events, is back with something for everyone Saturday, June 29 downtown at Olde...

read more
Scout project benefits Firefighters Park

Scout project benefits Firefighters Park

Jared Vanderburg was recognized by Wylie Mayor Matthew Porter on Monday, May 14 for earning the highest ranking a Boy Scout can achieve. Courtesy City of Wylie The playground at Firefighters Park got bench refresh and a Little Free Library following the completion of...

read more
Summer Kickoff party is Friday

Summer Kickoff party is Friday

Boocoos the clown will be back for the Summer Kickoff party Friday, June 7 outside the Smith Public Library. Summer programming for the city of Wylie will kick off with an annual outdoor event co-hosted by the library and rec center Friday. The Summer Kickoff party...

read more
City crews aided by volunteers after storm

City crews aided by volunteers after storm

A billboard on highway 78 near Ballard Avenue did not weather the Tuesday, May 28 storm too well.. Wylie has had its fair share of dramatic and damaging weather events over the years, but thankfully the city wasn’t hit as hard by last week’s severe storm as other...

read more
Scout honored, Taste of Wylie proceeds distributed

Scout honored, Taste of Wylie proceeds distributed

Mayor Matthew Porter issued Taste of Wylie proceeds to 5 Loaves Food Pantry, Amazing Grace, Christian Care Center and Hope for the Cities at the Tuesday, May 28, council meeting. Courtesy city of Wylie Mayor Matthew Porter started last week’s regular council meeting...

read more
Child killed in crash

Child killed in crash

Wylie police are investigating a fatality crash involving a five-year-old boy. According to a statement released by WPD, units from Wylie police and fire responded to a motor vehicle crash at Glen Knoll Mobile Home Park at 6:31 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. The reporting...

read more
Order photos