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April 26, 2013

Former Cleveland woman donated organs

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“ She was a pretty easygo­ing girl. She loved life. For her the bad days weren’t too bad, and good days were exceptional,” Josiah said. “ She’d be legitimately upset when someone else was having a bad day.”

Seeing that spirit live, he said, is what has made the decision to donate her organs such an important one.

In a letter to the family, a University of Wisconsin transplant director told them how each of Jessica’s organs were used.

“ We were able to recover Jessica’s liver, heart, lung, pancreas and kidney. Her liver was transplanted into a patient from Wisconsin who suffered from end­stage liver failure. This patient had been on the waiting list since November 2012.

“Her heart was trans­planted into a patient from Wisconsin who suffered from end-stage heart fail­ure. This patient had been on the waiting list since December 2012.

“Her lung was trans­planted into a patient from Wisconsin who suffered form end-stage respiratory failure. This patient had been on the waiting list since June 2012.

“Her pancreas was trans­planted into a patient from Wisconsin who suffered from end-stage pancreatic failure. This patient had been on the waiting list since February 2013.

“Her left kidney was referred to a transplant cen­ter in Washington where it was transplanted into a patient who suffered from end-state renal failure. This patient had been on the waiting list for approxi­mately ten years.”

Josiah said that, when the family is ready, they want to meet the people who got Jessica’s organs.

Especially the heart. They want to look into the eyes of the people who are alive today because of Jessica, and see of little bit of her spirit.

 

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