9-year-old Girl’s Death Is Seven People’s “Miracle”

October 14, 2009 at 7:39 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Jessie’s dad said “We can’t control life but we can control the gifts of life.”
clipped from wdef.com
“She had love in her heart and never meet a stranger,” Robert Starnes says of his daughter Jessie.

But the life of the little girl, known to give away her own school supplies to needy classmates, would be cut suddenly short.

“I was doing something in the kitchen – and she hollered out for me and she fell and she was having a seizure. I called 911 and they started an ambulance but before they got there I started CPR,” Jessi’s mom Lisa Roussea recalls.

Jessie suffered a brain aneurysm.
“We decided early on that we wanted to donate her organs,” Starnes said.
Seven people benefited from Jessie’s donations.
Her lungs, kidneys, corneas and heart were all able to be used.
“My hope is to one day listen to Jessie’s heart in this 13 year old girl,” Starnes said.

According to Tennessee Donor Services – one person can help more than 50 people through organ or tissue donations.

To learn more about organ donation, click here.

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