In the midst of death are hope, life

Tragedy has struck our community yet again.

A week ago, a young 20-year-old mother was fatally injured in a three-vehicle wreck on Ga. Highway 16 East. State troopers believe Hannah Hobbs of Senoia slowed down because a car in front of her had stopped to make a turn. A driver behind her in a box truck was unable to stop in time.

That driver, Devin McAdams, 28, of Lawrenceville, steered to the right to try to avoid hitting Hannah’s car. However, he hit the car at an angle, sending it into ongoing traffic where it struck a Ford F-150 truck head-on.

Hannah was declared brain dead late last Thursday at an Atlanta hospital. Her funeral will be Saturday at Hillcrest Chapel Funeral home in Newnan at 2 p.m.

An unbelievable tragedy filled with countless “what-ifs.”

Yet Hannah’s story will not end with her burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park following the service. In fact, Hannah will live on for many years to come.

Hannah was an organ donor.

According to family friends, eight of Hannah’s organs were transplanted. A 13-year-old girl will receive Hannah’s heart and an 8-year-old will get a kidney.

Less than two years ago, a similar tragedy occurred. Just before Christmas, 9-year-old Abby Bacho was killed in a car accident. Her family donated her organs so others could live.

Two people, a young mother and a child, died in horrible accidents. And yet, thanks to Hannah’s decision and that of Abby’s parents, others are alive today with new hearts, kidneys, livers and other vital organs.

In the midst of death, hope and life live on.

According to the federal government’s organdonor.gov website, 28,051 people received organ transplants in 2012. However, the gap between those needing transplants and organs available continues to grow.

“The reality is that the number of candidates waiting continues to dwarf the number of donor organs available, and only you can change this – by registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor and encouraging others to do so as well,” the website states.

We urge you to consider becoming an organ donor. Who knows the impact that decision could have on another’s life. For those in Georgia, simply visit www.donatelifegeorgia.org to register.



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