Category: Donor mom

Teen’s death gives transplant miracle to Florida family

By Lloyd Sowers, FOX 13 News

It was Amanda’s sister, Jessica, who first contacted Garrett on social media. Both families decided to meet and talk about the heart they now share.

Amanda’s dad said he keeps his connection to his daughter through Garrett. They’ve gone to sporting events, concerts, and a helicopter ride.

“We met that first day and this beautiful young man brought a stethoscope so that I could listen to his heart,” Amanda’s mom said.

Garrett’s mom took a picture showing Laurie, with her eyes closed, listening to Amanda’s heart through Garrett.

“You could just feel the love. The love of her child,” Susan said. “I could not have picked a better recipient than you.”

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Kaitlyn Doorhy remembered for giving the gift of life

On Aug. 22, 2014, her tragic death devastated the local community after she was struck by a car while crossing the street near her sorority house in Bridgeport, Conn. The 2012 Mattituck High School graduate and aspiring attorney was a junior at Sacred Heart University when she died at age 20.

During a memorial service Saturday marking the first anniversary of Ms. Doorhy’s passing, Ms. Paulick addressed a standing-room only crowd where most people wore pink — Kaitlyn’s favorite color — at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck and explained how meaningful the decision to become an organ donor is.

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