August 2, 2008

Positivity: Quite by accident

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:50 am

From Colorado:

Friday, July 11, 2008

By chance, liver recipient connects with grieving mother who fulfilled her daughter’s wish to be an organ donor.

What do you do when your best friend, your only child, the baby who came from inside you and grew into the woman with the Julia Roberts smile is killed in an accident and even the gaping hole in your heart isn’t deep enough to store all your tears?

What do you do when you wake up in a hospital and they tell you that you’re no longer dying? That you will be able to feel sunlight on your face and hug your loved ones?

What do you do when you’re aware that your salvation was a young woman you never knew and never will know, a woman who died and left behind a piece of herself to keep you alive?

What do you do when you’re Melody Connett and you desperately want to reach out to the stranger your daughter saved? Just talk to her, just huddle with the hope that your Jill lives a little bit through her. What do you do when that stranger won’t acknowledge your letters?

What do you do when you’re Carole Pirri and every time you try to write back to the mother of the girl who saved your life you start to sob and put down your pen because you feel so horribly guilty? Because you know that girl was so young and you’re pushing 58 and, oh God, how will her poor mother feel about that? How will she feel if she finds out that your daughter, your best friend, is still alive?

For five years, the intense trauma of a life stolen and the intense gift of a life saved were the themes that connected and separated two women. Then, one day — July 15, 2007 — luck and fate combined to toss them into each other’s lives and create a bond that goes beyond friendship.

And this is how it happened. …..

It’s long, but read the whole thing here.

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