Stefan Henze, who coached Germany’s Olympic ‘canoe slalom’ team – whatever that is – died as a result of an automobile accident in Rio de Janeiro a few days before the end of the Olympics. Unfortunate as his death was, its aftermath has been hailed as ‘one of the greatest moments’ of this year’s often-troubled Olympics.
Henze had designated himself as an organ donor, and no fewer than four individuals are beneficiaries of that generosity.
“Heart, liver and both kidneys have been successfully transplanted. Thus he has saved four lives,” a spokesperson from the Brazilian health ministry told the German newspaper Die Welt. Henze’s family, who travelled to Rio after the accident, reportedly gave their consent to the transplants.
Several news reports say his heart, liver and both kidneys have been successfully transplanted. Henze’s relatives reportedly gave their consent to the transplants, Britian’s The Independent newspaper confirmed.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, one person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, and around 22 people die every day waiting to get an organ transplant. A single donor can make a huge difference and save up to eight lives.
“One thing to remember is that every number in the statistic you view is a person — a person who either needs your help and is waiting for a lifesaving transplant or a person who has left a lasting legacy through organ and tissue donation,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states on its website. “Either way, each number represents a life, a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister or a child—someone who is important to someone else, maybe even you.”
The Health & Human Services website provides information on becoming an organ donor.