Organ donor law named for HV girl, heart transplant recipient

An 11-year-old Stony Point girl had an extra-special birthday celebration Wednesday when a new law aimed at increasing organ donations in New York passed in the state Senate, a new law that is named after the young Hudson Valley heart transplant recipient. The Lauren's Law bill is named after Lauren Shields, who successfully received a heart transplant in 2009. State Sen. David Carlucci (D-N.Y.) joined Shields in celebration after successfully pursuing the passage of the law since his initial proposal in 2009.

Lauren's Law will require anyone applying for a driver's license in New York to select whether or not they want to be an organ donor.

The legislation is expected to increase organ donations in the state, which ranks last in the country for the number of new people signing up as donors.

Special day for Stony Point student

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