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Sharon Napper was getting ready for school one morning five years ago, when her four-year-old daughter said, “Daddy fell off the bed.” Her husband, Ronald, a retired US Marine who worked as a police officer on an army base, was lying on the floor. He had suffered an aneurysm that spread to the temporal artery in his head.

At the hospital, the only way to relieve the swelling would have been to open Ronald’s skull, leaving him unable to eat or breathe on his own. “There was a quality-of-life issue. We had discussed this, and so I let everything kind of take its course,” says Napper, who had been planning Ronald’s 50th birthday party the evening before.

The couple had previously discussed Ronald’s desire to be an organ donor, but another request followed: would Napper also donate his tissues for research after he died?

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