ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – More than 6,000 people died last year in Illinois waiting for an organ transplant. A local hospital wants to lower that number as they encourage others to become organ donors.
Noah Boos was 20 years old when he was killed driving to class, but his family chose to honor his wishes to be an organ donor. Right now, tissue donation from Noah has saved 23 people. For six years, OSF Saint Anthony has worked with families like Noah’s to help save lives.
On Thursday, the hospital was honored for their efforts to continue organ donation. For Noah’s mother, Gayle Boos, she now considers her son a hero for making the choice to donate.
"Noah's my hero because he helped so many people. Heroes are generally thought of as people who have been in the armed forces and other things but to me an organ donor is a hero because they can help so many lives and improve their lives,” says Gayle Boos.
In 2016, OSF has helped give eleven organs as well as more than 400 tissue donations, placing the hospital in the top 15 in the state.