Bay Area mother regrets not donating her teenage son’s organs four decades ago
“I did not want to accept that he was dead. They explained brain death to me but I didn’t quite understand it and didn’t want to let go. I felt insulted when organ donation was brought up; it was like a slap in the face. Looking back, I wish I would have said yes,” explains Arlinda.
Arlinda – who works with ex-prisoners who seek to adjust back to society – also lost two nephews to gun violence. Maurice is the older of two children; a younger sister also survives him.