POSTED: Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 10:36pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 5:13pm
EL PASO - Hundreds gathered at the Airport Wyndham hotel Sunday to celebrate the life of an organ donor who saved four lives after his death.
The Southwest Transplant Alliance honored the life of Dustin Pesewonit, a 29-year-old Mescalero New Mexico man, who died after being assaulted in 2008. His grandmother donated his organs after his death.
"She was so immediately ready to donate, she didn't hesitate and that's what made it so amazing," said Cynthia Chavez, a Family Services Coordinator with Southwest Transplant Alliance.
Pesewonit's heart saved the life of a 29-year-old man and his kidneys saved the lives of two others. April Dilworth, who traveled from Tyler, Texas to attend the celebration, received his liver.
"He's my hero and I owe my life to him," Dilworth said.
Dilworth was supposed to meet Pesewonit's grandmother Viola Morgan in person Sunday, but she was unable to travel because of illness. Instead, Dilworth and Morgan spoke on the phone for the first time ever.
"My heart just really dropped when I talked to her cause I know she misses her grandson and I told her a part of him still lives in me," Dilworth said.
There are currently more than a hundred thousand people on the national transplant waiting list.
To register to become an organ donor: