Organ Donation Month: Local mother living on through others

(WEAU) - In our Health Alert, April is Organ Donation month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ. But one local family has seen lives saved, thanks to their mother's donation.

You never know how short life is until it's gone within a blink of an eye and that's what happened to 55-year-old Della Wolden of Cadott.

Her life was cut short almost two years ago, but her two daughters are feeling a sense of peace knowing their mother is living on through others.

"There's not a day that passes by two years later that I don't think about her," said daughter, Desirae Wolden.

Della Wolden was always surrounded by those who loved her and her life was spent working as a Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital helping others.

"She went to work, worked a 12 hour shift, I guess had stated she had a headache, but didn't think anything of it,” said daughter, Kahla Bremness.

That headache turned out to be a mass behind her ear. Kahla says she rushed to the hospital in Rochester Minnesota while her younger sister Desirae was studying aboard in Scotland at the time.

"I definitely didn't expect it to be anything serious. I was like oh she'll be ok, She's like said no it's really serious, you need to get home,” said Desirae.

"They tried to do emergency brain surgery but it was too late," said Kahla.

Breathing with only the help of life support, the family talked with Lifesource about organ donation.

“This one is special because this is the one she had on that night," said Kahla.

"It was an easy decision for us, and I knew right away. I was glad they didn't have any hesitation because I knew that that's what my mother would want,” said Wolden.

"It was neat because they had a center in the department, right in the middle of the department. You could see them working constantly trying to find people throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin that could use her organs,” said Kahla.

All the hardword paid off, because they found three recipients.

"It explains in the letter who received both of her kidneys and liver," said Kahla.

"We received a couple cards. This is just one of them as a thank you card to the family from one of the recipients. Says his name is George and he's from Minnesota, he was 2 daughters and four grandchildren," said Desirae.

"That was really heartwarming to know that my mom helped out the way she want to, the way she did for 30 years. She's continuing to do so,” said Kahla.

"She's still doing her life's passion and part of her is living on through other people," said Desirae.

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