Our son, Paul Scheckel, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, due to pneumonia. He was 50 years old. Paul was in the hospital for 10 days, the last 4 on life support. Ann and I were with him at the end. He received the Last Rites.
A transplant team from UW-Madison flew to La Crosse that same morning. When the ventilator tubes were removed, a doctor recited the 23rd Psalm.
Yesterday we received in the mail a beautiful package from the UW Organ Donation organization. The certificate read in part “Although he will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and neighbors, they can take comfort in knowing that through his compassion and concern he will hold forever a special place in the hearts of other individuals and their families and friends.”
“His liver was transplanted into a patient from Wisconsin who had been on the transplant waiting list since May 2016. His left kidney was transplanted into a patient from Wisconsin who had been on the transplant waiting list since March 2015. His right kidney was transplanted into a patient from Illinois who had been on the transplant waiting list since January 2012.”
It gives us a great measure of consolation knowing that Paul has helped 3 people live a better life, perhaps even saving a life.
Ann and Larry Scheckel