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WHEN DOCTORS told Yolany Veliz her son was brain dead after a hit-and-run car accident,moncler womens jackets Cheap Moncler Jackets Outle, she wanted to take the 16-year-old off a ventilator and donate his organs.
She got unexpected grief from fellow immigrants in her Long Island neighborhood who believed moncler outlets myths moncler ski wear about organ donation, like doctors selling body parts.
â€śSo many people told me not to do it,â€ť said Veliz, 38, who ignored the naysayers and let her sonâ€™s organs be harvested.
â€śBut it really helps me to know that he outlet moncler online lives on in others.â€ť
Veliz, who is from Honduras and lives in Hempstead, is starting a foundation and website â€• http://www.oscarvelizfundation â€• to encourage other Latin American immigrants to consider organ donation.
Julia Rivera of the New York Organ Donor Network said Hispanic enrollment in the state registry of willing donors is low.
â€śThere are still a lot of misconceptions and fears,â€ť Rivera said. â€śWe have a very high immigrant population, and unfortunately thereâ€™s some confusion there.â€ť
Her group has worked to dispel the myths, educating potential donors that major religions support it and that doctors who declare a patientâ€™s death have no stake in the transplant process.
Over the last decade, the number of Hispanic donors has risen. In 2011, 91 out of 264 donors in the metropolitan area were Hispanic. Hispanic families consented to donate 66% of the time,moncler paris boutique Cheap Moncler Jackets Outle, the highest rate of any group.
In Velizâ€™s case, six of Oscarâ€™s organs went to patients on transplant waiting lists,moncler lans Cheap Moncler Jackets Outlet Online (33), including the 28-year-old son of a friend who needed a kidney.
â€śI think it was a miracle,â€ť said Veliz, who has grown close to that recipient, Mike Cernam.
â€śIt feels like she could consider me as one of her sons,â€ť said Cernam, who often visits the pool hall Veliz owns in Hempstead.
Veliz does not know who got her sonâ€™s other kidney, lung, pancreas or liver but was touched to learn his heart went to a 17-year-old girl.
Police have still not caught the moncler zomerjas cowardly driver of the tan moncler discount jackets Toyota Camry that hit Oscar while he was on his bike on Clinton St. near Webb Ave. on Oct. 18.
Crime Stoppers and the family are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The anonymous hotline is (800) 244-TIPS.
â€śPolice are still working on this,â€ť said family lawyer Mitchel Weiss, of Sakkas Cahn buy moncler coats & Weiss LLP. â€śWeâ€™re hoping.â€ť