Bone and Tissue Donor
Written by Elizabeth Dandy
in memory to Jeffrey R. Vernon
In sick bay’s shadow lay the gifted bard
Christ’s poet waiting for a heart.
But there was none available in time,
To save the gentle poet and his rhyme.
In vain he waited long and there upon
He offered his own tissue, limb and bone.
For others’ gain the generous bard would give.
The vital parts others would need to live
But Christ the Lord, the saving Avitar,
made him amongst all Bards His choicest star.
Gave him a heart for bliss and power to intone
New songs of praise for ever and anon.
The nine months hospitalization
required much endurance,
patience and faith. Yet this was not the end. After his death, and as the crowning act of his life, Jeff instead of becoming an organ recipient, was able to become a donor of bone and related tissue. Jeff is still a giver, he is still living on in other people. In fact the family has been notified that thus far 91 persons have already benefited by receiving much needed bone and skin grafts.
Jeff became the donor of life, which was yet to be his
The families who say yes to
donation, not only help
others, but also help themselves in their own grieving process.
I sought the Lord and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.