Med Center Health in Bowling Green needs more organ donors 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Doctors at Med Center Health in Bowling Green are not receiving enough organs to save lives. That’s why they are partnering with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates to encourage the community to sign up to become donors.

Med Center Health in Bowling Green has a goal of registering 100 new organ, eye and tissue donors before April 30th.

Around 1,000 people in Kentucky are currently waiting for organs. Mike Knuckles of Franklin, Kentucky was one of them until last June.

“I received a heart, and it was a wonderful heart. They said the person that donated it was a 22-year old boy. I owe so much to that family for what they’ve done,” said Knuckles.

It was a long and arduous journey for Knuckles before he finally received the heart that would change his life.

“If it was left up to me, I would have died right there in my living room, but my wife came in and she said what’s wrong with you.  She could tell I was hurting.  I said it was just acid reflux,” said Knuckles

Knuckles and his wife raced to the hospital which was only 5 minutes away from their home in Franklin.

“The last thing I remember is them saying we have to take him back, and I’m on the gurney. You’ve heard of the people seeing the lights. I saw the lights.” Said Knuckles.

Then, Knuckles died.

“It’s something completely different when you know what you know, and there’s nothing anyone can say or do that can change the facts. That was from God when I was looking at the lights and the peace that come upon me,” said Knuckles.

Now that Knuckles has a new chance had life, he’s working on getting healthy and spreading this message.

“This young man saved, I think it was, 5 lives. What I would ask everyone to do is be a donor. You’re going to save somebody and you could be a hero too,” said Knuckles.

There are several ways to register to be an organ donor to learn more go to donatelifeky.org.