The Unsung Hero


Jeff Schuman reports, jschuman@k2tv.com


A Wyoming resident says she owes her life to a man she has never met before.





"I'm here because someone was very generous and was a hero," organ recipient Rachel Girt said.

At the age of 19, Rachel Girt became ill with what was first thought to have been leukemia, but was later recognized as a liver disease.

As years passed, she got progressively worse. And in 2004...

"(I) got really sick in February. By around May or April I was on the list."

Thankfully, what she calls her unsung hero came to her rescue.

"I had about two weeks maybe to live. And I was so sick I was in the hospital and just ended up with a transplant."

Because of the donor whom she has never met, another life was welcomed into the world just seven months later.

"He was born at 29 weeks and was 2 pounds. And so we got a double blessing because had him, but also very lucky because he didn't have any problems except for being extraordinarily little."

It can be hard to imagine what kind of an impact that little check next to yes can have when asked about organ donation on your drivers license. But for Rachel, it's all she thinks about.

"Every breath, every day I think about it. You know, watching my son. I wouldn't be here. He wouldn't be here."