News Transcript - NewJersey | Claire Marie Celano
Theresa Kling was an organ donor.
The June 3, 2007, accident involving an intoxicated driver at the intersection of Route 537 and Route 527, Freehold Township, that led to Kling’s death has led to life for a 23-year-old man in Connecticut whose beating heart was a gift from Kling.
A 64-year-old man in North Carolina now breathes with Kling’s lungs, and a 38- year-old woman in New Jersey received Kling’s pancreas and kidney. A 52-year-old man in New Jersey received her liver.
These miracles were all due to Kling, a resident of Freehold Township, whose wish it was to offer life to others when hers was over .
Kling’s donated skin provided 31 grafts for transplants, bladder slings, orthopedic surgery, oral plastic surgery and regenerative tissue surgery. He corneas have given the gift of sight to two people.
The list goes on with donations of bone and soft tissue which are used in many orthopedic, spinal and sports injury surgeries. The fact that his daughter was an organ donor came as a complete shock to Edward Rogerwick, of Freehold Township, who said in an interview that he was given that news by a doctor when Kling was close to death.