Dying Gay Houston Man’s Organs Will Be Donated
Richard A. Garcia’s Organs Will Go To People Waiting For Life Saving Transplants
In the moment of sadness comes a light. Its hard for the friends and family to understand in their time of loss, but as there is sadness in one room; comes the ‘light of life’ in another.
(Houston, Texas) In the early morning hours of Monday, March 7, 2016 Richard Garcia attempted to enter Texas Spur 527 (in Montrose) in the wrong direction, and hit a guardrail. According to the police report ‘Garcia stopped on the overpass, got out of the car, and fell over the concrete barrier’ to the street below.
For two days, family and friends with the support of social media waited for signs of life. Sadly there were none. Doctors confirmed the families worst fears.
Doctors at the Texas Medical Center’s ‘Ben Taub’ Neurological Intensive Care Unit performed a number of tests to determine if Garcia was brain dead. One of those checks included whether Garcia could initiate his own breath, a very primitive reflex carried out by the brain stem.
According to the American Medical Association a person is considered brain-dead when he no longer has any neurological activity in the brain or brain stem — meaning no electrical impulses are being sent between brain cells.
On Tuesday, Houston Police Department‘s Jodi Silva detailed to About News that ‘Garcia’ had been issued a M.E. number (Medical Examiner) for organ donation. Even though Garcia is still alive, in the United States and many other countries, a person is legally dead if he or she permanently loses all brain activity (brain death) or all breathing and circulatory functions.
Garcia’s accident, and tragic loss of life is not in vain though, currently nearly 134,000 men, women, and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States.
The accident is still under investigation, and “alcohol is not a factor at this time”, according to Silva.