Lauren Shields, the inspiration for to encourage organ donations, will have her story shared nationally on Sunday evening. NBC News interviewed the young Stony Point heart transplant recipient on Wednesday and Thursday and spoke with State Senator David Carlucci, who advocated for passage of the state law. Carlucci described the passage of the law as “historic” and said he has no doubt that the bill will save countless lives of those who desperately need a life-saving organ donation.
Carlucci credited Shields for her contributions.
“We could not have done it without the tireless advocacy of 12 year old Stony Point resident Lauren Shields, for who the bill was named after. The recipient of a heart transplant herself, Lauren puts a human touch on an issue that rightfully deserves its place in the spotlight. Through her own efforts, she has helped make history in New York State, and is about to show the entire country that one person can truly make a difference.”
The New York law allows people to enroll in the donor program at the Department of Motor Vehicles. On the driver’s license application, the question about whether the individual wants to join the organ and tissue donation registry or not is mandatory. Supporters hope the requirement to answer the question will increase the number of donors in New York State, which lags behind other states.
Jeanne Shields, Lauren’s mother, said her daughter was very relaxed during the interview possibly because she did not realize that a national audience would be watching her.