My Son’s Story Must Be Told: Young Man, Healthy Organs – Ideal Organ Donor
By Paul E. Robinson
At 8:42 PM on November 3, 2015, a young Arizona man on a mountain bike was struck from behind by a car. This man was my son, Paul, Jr. (PJ).
I was told and believed my son was deceased. The expiration document stated, “Pt was pronounced dead at the bedside and then was taken to the OR for DCD.” DCD stands for “donation after circulatory death” or “donation after cardiac death.”  DCD is a way to get organs from a patient who exhibits neurological functions and therefore does not qualify for DBD (“donation after brain death”).