“The fact that someone, somewhere, I still don’t know who did check that box when they got their license, but it was able to save me,” Gramlich told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia. “And without that I would not be sitting here.”

John had his surgery at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, and several months later, he says he’s doing great. He hopes his story helps inspire others to consider signing up to be a donor.

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