A 12-year-old Stony Point girl joined state Sen. David Carlucci on Good Day New York this morning, touting Lauren’s Law — an organ-donation law currently awaiting approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo faces a Wednesday deadline to sign or veto the bill, which requires driver license applicants to answer whether they would like to join the state’s organ donor registry. (The available answers, if the bill is signed, would be “yes” or “skip this question.”)
Lauren Shields, a heart transplant recipient and the namesake of the proposed law, was asked about weeks leading up to her eventual transplant.
“It was very scary waiting because the rates were so low in New York, and I just was declining so quickly every day that I hoped the heart would come soon,” she said.
“I waited about about a month and a half. That doesn’t seem so long, but I was so sick and every day I was getting more sick and I needed that heart.”
Carlucci, a Clarkstown Democrat who sponsored the bill, said it was important to put a face on the legislation, which was passed by the Legislature in 2012 after it stalled the previous year.
“Lauren is so articulate and has been such a champion in educating people about this issue, and I think that’s one of the things — a lot of people are uneducated into the real facts about organ donation,” Carlucci said.
Courtesy of Fox 5, you can watch Carlucci and Shields’ appearance below: