January 24, 2014
OneLegacy Reports on Lives Saved and Healed by Kim Pham's Donation of Organs and Tissues for Transplant
OneLegacy, the non-profit, federally designated organ, eye and tissue recovery agency serving the seven-country greater Los Angeles area, today issued the following statement:
"Kim Pham, the 23-year-old woman who died from her injuries after being assaulted outside a Santa Ana nightclub on Jan. 18, saved five lives through the donation of her heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas and liver to patients on the national organ transplant waiting list.
Pham, who had registered with the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry through the California Department of Motor Vehicles, also donated tissues that could heal dozens more. Her tissue donation included skin used for burn dressings, bone to repair fractures and prevent amputations, and bone marrow for orthopedic use.
Contrary to other reports, Pham was declared dead on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, after suffering brain death due to severe injuries that prevented blood flow to the brain. To honor her decision to be a donor, Pham remained connected to a ventilator to ensure the viability of her organs for transplantation. Her family is not available for comment but provided the following statement:
'We are so blessed to have had Kim in our family because she was truly a one-of-a-kind soul. She always put others' needs before herself and never thought badly of anyone. She kept love in the center of her life and preached kindness and respect for others. The overwhelming love and support Kim has had over the past week is a testimony of her character and the influence she had over her friends and family. We will always remember her as a sweet, vibrant, and wise daughter, sister, and friend. She is our little angel and God's gift to all of us. Words cannot describe the pain and devastation we feel from being separated from Kim so soon, but we understand God has bigger plans for her and will continue to watch over her.
'The little gestures and silly things she did every day are what we all miss the most about her. It's a loss to the world that they will never have the chance to know her the way we did. We will always and forever hold her dearly in our hearts. We ask for the privacy of our friends and family during this difficult time. Please continue to keep Kim in your thoughts and prayers and help our family find closure and justice following this horrendous crime.'"
With more than 200 hospitals, 10 transplant centers and a diverse population of nearly 20 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ, eye and tissue recovery organization in the world. For more information, call OneLegacy at (800) 786-4077 or visit www.onelegacy.org.