Ada heart transplant recipients thank organ donors

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ADA, OK-- On a ranch just outside Ada, lives a family whose hearts are full and beat loud enough for everyone to hear.

"I could just feel it in my ears just thumping. I could feel the heart. I kept me awake at night because it was so loud, "said Paul Morrison, "It was beating so much harder than it had for years,"

Paul came down with what seemed to be asthma when his family moved from California in 2004. What doctors thought was a virus turned out to be something far more serious.

"they told Shari my wife that I had a twenty percent chance to make it through the night," he said, "I did make it through the night. Then they told me I needed a heart transplant and that was quite shocking because I was assuming they were going to give me some antibiotics then I could go home."

After five years of various procedures, Paul finally received his heart transplant in 2009 but it didn't end there. Paul's heart failure turned out to be genetic.

"With her we were kind of in denial because I knew the signs and the symptoms she was having seemed so familiar but she was 19 and that just didn't seem right," Shari Morrison said.

The Morrison's youngest daughter Natalie inherited the gene and also had to get a heart transplant. Hers took place in 2011.

"She was so brave and strong through the whole thing and we just think about the donor families so much and we are so grateful for them. They have given us life," said Shari.

With not one but two Morrison's lives saved by organ donor the family wants to encourage those who can to sign up to become organ donors.

"Its your opportunity to help out someone in need. You don't know who it'll be. They could be friends with you or someone you will never meet but you have that opportunity to help a lot of people."

Ada residents have an opportunity to become organ donors at the Ada Organ Drive on ECU's campus from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM this Sunday and from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday.