The family of a Beaumont woman is hoping to carry on the fight supported by Misty Evans. She was an advocate for people and more organ donors.
The 36-year-old mother of three passed away on Sunday due to complications from liver failure.
She was on a transplant waiting list since April.
Elaine Henderson, Evans’ sister-in-law, believes Misty’s wait for a liver brings attention to an American crisis.
Henderson remembers Evans as an incredible mom and supportive wife.
“When she wasn't working, she was doing stuff for her three daughters, she was one of the funniest people I've ever knew in my life…the minute you met her, you loved her,” Henderson said.
Evans was diagnosed with liver failure in February. Due to complications from that liver failure, she passed away on Sunday morning at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.
“Everyone did everything they could to get her back, but it was just her time,” Henderson recalled.
The reality is it could be close to that time for 117,093 people in the nation who are on a transplant waiting list.
10,500 Texans are on that list, according to the Southwest Transplant Alliance, an organization that helps collect and distribute organs to those in need.
This year alone, 8,099 people have donated organs. Katie Whitton, director of marketing and communications for the Southwest Transplant Alliance says several factors, including blood type, several medical criteria, and even geographic location play a role in who can get an organ.
Over 9.7 million people are registered donors in Texas, but Whitton says even that number is considered a shortage.
“Even though it sounds pretty good we have nearly 10 million people registered, of that 10 million, we don't know when they'll die, number one, and only one percent will [have the potential] to be a donor,” Whitton said.
According to Whitton, people can wait years for a transplant. Whitton tells us that all donors have to die in controlled conditions in order to preserve organs such as lungs or the heart.
These are some of the reasons why Henderson wants others to register.
"It's what she would've wanted, Misty wasn't one of these sad people and, she wants these families to go on and fight her cause for other people," Henderson said.
Organ, cornea and tissue donations can save or improve up to 75 lives, according to www.donatelifetexas.org.
Evans’ visitation will be held at Broussard’s Mortuary on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m.
A GoFundMe page set up to support Evans’ family can be found here.
You can register to be an organ donor by going to www.donatelifetexas.org.