Stories Of Hope: Chris Curry

“Losing a loved one is difficult, but it’s comforting to know that Chris lives on. Giving the gift of life is the greatest act of love and selflessness that any person can give to another. “

It was around four in the morning when we (his family) gathered at the emergency room. The hallways of the ER were desolate. He was later moved to the ICU where we sat in a waiting room while doctors ran tests searching for brain activity. Around 1:00 the following afternoon, the doctor walked into his ICU room with 25 of our closest friends and family surrounding his bedside. The news wasn’t good. The brother, son, uncle, father, friend that we all loved so much was gone.

After consultation with our family services coordinator, our immediate family gathered in the hallway where we decided to donate his organs. We as his family felt it important for Chris to live on in the lives of others. We wanted to give other families a chance to keep their loved one so they would not have to feel the pain we were experiencing. It was in Chris’s giving spirit that he, unbeknownst to us, had already registered as an organ and tissue donor through the BMV.

Anyone that ever met or knew Chris said that his smile was infectious. His smile could shine a light in a dark room. He was hardworking and had a vision and talent for interior and exterior design. He was a member of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club and played the Easter Bunny every year for the club’s Clothe-a-Child project.

Chris was a big kid at heart. He meant the world to his niece and nephews. No matter what was going on at the moment, when Chris’s car would pull into the driveway, the kids would stop whatever activity was happening and shout, “Uncle Chris is here!” He always took interest in what the kids had going on, what they had to say and oftentimes joined in on their shenanigans.

About a year and a half ago, Chris found out that he was going to be a daddy. He was so excited that he and his girlfriend would be a complete family and would be giving her daughter a sibling. His son is now 10 months old and is a spitting image of his dad. Being such a big kid himself, Chris thought the world of his children.

When we heard there was a match for Chris’s liver, it held a special place in his mom’s heart as her grandfather passed away from liver cancer. Hearing that the transplant was successful brought tears and comfort to our family knowing that Chris was living on through someone else.

From the beginning of this new journey, Indiana Donor Network showed our family the upmost care, compassion and guidance with every step and decision that needed to be made. We were kept informed throughout the entire process. Never been down this road before, there were many questions and concerns and Indiana Donor Network answered them all honestly and compassionately and cared for Chris as if he were a member of their own family.

Losing a loved one is difficult, but it’s comforting to know that Chris lives on. Giving the gift of life is the greatest act of love and selflessness that any person can give to another. Although Chris was taken from us so tragically, he was still able to pass on the love he had for others after he was gone.

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