Teen's Reaction After Waking Up From Heart Transplant Reminds Us Why Being An Organ Donor Is So Important

"I've never felt so good."

On November 13, 2015, 15-year-old Trevor Sullivan received a heart transplant. The surgery came months after his February diagnosis of severe cardiomyopathy, when a donor heart became available.

According to ABC News, the teen from Detroit asked his mother, Kimberly, to record his reaction after waking up from the anesthesia. It wasn't until this year that Trevor's father Philip uploaded the footage to the Internet, keeping in mind a very important message to the public — be an organ donor. 


Watch the emotional moment Trevor wakes up:

The video originally appeared on Gift of Life Michigan's Facebook page on Jan. 19, but made it to the front page of Reddit's video thread today, helping it rack up more than 30,000 views on YouTube. 

And it's no surprise the video quickly went viral. It hits you right in the feels, as Trevor chokes through tears, saying things such as "I've never felt so good," "I'm so happy," I've been waiting so long," "I can breathe again and talk," and "I feel amazing." 

But what really makes the moment so special, and important to see, is the unstated fact that the person who made all this possible for Trevor and his family was an organ donor. 

"We know that it was a younger person it came from, with good muscle tissue, a strong heart," Trevor's father told ABC News, speaking of his son's donor.

According to Donate Life America, more than 123,000 men, women, and children are in need of lifesaving organ transplants. Though thousands of successful transplants are made each year, thanks to living and deceased donors, "an average of 21 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time." 

Trevor's video will hopefully open people's eyes to the direct effect being an organ donor can have on another person's life and encourage people to sign up to be donors, if they haven't already. 

"I really like the video, actually," Trevor told ABC News. "I think it's really cool and I wish everyone in the world can see it because it really makes a difference. It promotes organ donation and people can see the outcome of it and how happy they really are." 

According to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), organs and tissues that can be donated include: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, and heart valves. The website also states "People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated." 

Sign up to be an organ donor today. 


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