Nightly News | September 09, 2012
>>> our making difference report tonight is about a young survivor, a 12-year-old girl who is still alive today thanks to an incredible gift from a stranger. now she is paying it forward by acting towards a driving force .
>> reporter: lauren shield is wise beyond her 12 years.
>> i know a lot of medical terms and a lot of stuff that a lot of 12 year olds wouldn't know because i have gone through a lot.
>> reporter: that is putting it mildly. four years ago a virus caused her heart to fail.
>> they put her on cardiac and respiratory life support .
>> reporter: lauren got a heart transplant . her mother recalls the moment her daughter woke up.
>> it is a day where we can finally start to think about going home.
>> reporter: it is emotional.
>> absolutely. i can go right back to all of those moments very quickly.
>> reporter: now lauren wants to take what she calls her good fortune in getting a heart and pay it forward.
>> reporter: how lucky do you feel?
>> extremely. there is a reason why i got my heart. it is to spread the word on organ donation .
>> reporter: right now new york state ranks second to last in organ donations in this country, very unsettling news to more than 10,000 people in this state currently waiting for a transplant.
>> we found that 97% of people do it through department of motor vehicles .
>> reporter: so the shields teamed up with new york state senator and in june the state legislature passed lauren 's law.
>> say yes to saving lives and join us.
>> reporter: tell me what lauren 's law is.
>> when you go to the dmv or renew your license the donor question on the form is mandatory to answer.
>> reporter: for the first time you have to answer the question either yes i'd like to be an organ donor or skip this question.
>> we have seen other states with a higher rate. they simply ask the question.
>> reporter: new york governor is expected to sign the bill into law this month.
>> even one life would make it all worth it.
>> basically you are giving the gift of life and it is the best gift to