Police Officers are frequently called on to help others. Sadly, sometimes this means giving the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty while trying to help someone else, usually someone they have never met. In cooperation with the California Transplant Donor Network, a Richmond Police Officer’s Widow tells her story:
“Three years and two days ago my life was completely flipped upside down when I received a call I prayed I would never get.”
What Susan Moody learned that day in October, 2008 was that her husband, radley Moody, an officer with the Richmond Police Department, was seriously injured after his patrol car crashed as he drove to aid a fellow officer.
Susan told her story on Oct. 6 at the California Transplant Donor Network’s “Power of One-Organ and Tissue Symposium” which drew about 350 medical professionals. CTDN encourages organ and tissue donation and works with organ donor families. The day-long event in Pleasanton included discussions about improving the donation process.
Bradley would not survive the accident but once her husband was declared brain dead, and after initially saying “No,” Susan Moody agreed to donate his organs and tissues. Four people’s lives were saved.
And six months to the day after Brad’s death, she hugged a towering oil industry worker named Michael Lause. Susan pressed her ear to his chest, listening to the steady sounds of his lungs – her husband’s lungs. “I felt a calm come over me.”
Susan, with her two children, got to know Michael and his family. “I am truly glad I changed my mind about organ donation. Knowing Michael the last three years has made me a better person.”
The California Transplant Donor Network saves and improves lives by facilitating organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The Transplant Network helps 175 hospitals in 41 Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada counties offer the option of organ and tissue donation to families whose loved ones have died, coordinates deceased organ recovery and placement, and provides public education with the hope that every resident will become a donor. It is federally designated as this region’s organ recovery organization. For more information, visit www.ctdn.org or call 1-888-570-9400.