The Gift of Life

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 1:48 PM




Dear Mr. & Mrs. Jackson & Family,

On behalf of the staff of Primary Children's Medical Center and Intermountain Donor Services, may I extend to you and your family our sympathy in the recent loss of your daughter, Lucy. I appreciate your compassion and generosity in allowing her participation in the donor program during this very difficult time.

Although it cannot compensate for your loss, I hope you will find some comfort in knowing that through the gift of donation you and your family have brought new hope to many individuals awaiting transplants. I would also like to share with you a little about the recipients.

Lucy's kidneys were given to a 38-year-old man from California. He is married and the father of four children. He works in construction. He spent five and a half years on dialysis. He is recovering at home and doing well.

The liver went to a 6-month-old baby girl also from California. She is an only child. She is doing well and is enjoying normal baby activities.

All donated tissues undergo medical tests to determine their suitability. The majority are ultimately utilized for transplantation to improve and enhance lives. Assuming Lucy's tissues can be transplanted, her heart valves may be used to help two separate individuals suffering from severe valvular disease.

Words alone cannot express the love and gratitude of the recipients. These precious gifts have not only touched their lives but the lives of their families and friends as well. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Chuck Zollinger RN, BS, CPTC
Organ Procurement Coordinator

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We are so proud of Lucy.

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  1. You should be proud of yourselves as well. You guys are amazing - and it does not suprise me that admist your deepest anguish and heartache, through your loss, others' lives are being saved. I can only imagine the gratitude the donor recipient families feel for you.

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  2. Wow. What a beautiful, beautiful way to give others a chance at life. It's lovely that they can give you details about the lives of those who benefited from the transplants - I didn't know they could share that with you. I hope that knowledge is comforting.

    Thank *you*, Molly, for your comment on my blog - what an unexpected surprise to see your name there. :) Take care.
    ~Emily

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  3. I have been wondering how the organ donations went. I am absolutely amazed that Lucy's could save the life of a 38-year-old man, along with a baby and possibly two others! Wow.
    I think about you often. Your posts are so heart wrenching and inspiring. I am proud Lucy and of YOU.

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  4. What an incredible gift you and Lucy were able to give to these people. I pray you find some form of comfort in their renewed health and relief.

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  5. that is sooo cool and sweet. I bet that made your day a little better :) ( I hope)

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  6. How amazing, Lucy is amazing, Her legacy lives on. She has touched so many lives in her brief earthly time here, what an amazing spirit! Thank you so much for sharing this difficult time, I have learned so much from you and pondered alot about life since stumbling upon your blog! Thank you.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this letter. I am so proud of your family & the ways you are daily changing lives. I have found references to Lucy on so many people's blogs...people you haven't even MET! Friends of mine who found you through me are now keeping up with your story and changing their OWN lives and perspectives.

    I love you guys, thank you for taking the time to post this, the details make it all the more sweet.

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  8. What a wonderful thing to know that Lucy has been able to save and better the lives of others! It brought tears to my eyes.

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  9. I am so touched! What an amazing gift Lucy has given to these people. I feel so proud of her too. And of you for being so brave. What a wonderful family you are. I am smiling now from reading this letter!

    Love,
    Amy

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  10. Wow. That is so incredible that Lucy could help to save the lives of so many in such different ways. I am in awe at everything. It is so awesome to know that parts of Lucy are still living on this Earth. I have thought about you all day. Thanks for posting.

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  11. God continues to allow people's lives to be immensely blessed through Lucy's life and death. She is someone who has touched so many lives for the better, and you and Vic, as her parents should be so proud. It was her short 2 year mission to leave such a huge impact on the world. Bless her!

    Again, tears!

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  12. This just brings tears to my eyes as I think about the happiness and joy those families and their loved ones are experiencing right now. All because of Lucy. There is no greater gift. Lucy we love you and are so proud of what you and your parents have done... and for complete strangers.

    I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when they were told THEIR miracle had arrived. When we knew the miracle we had hoped for would not.

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  13. Wow! You are so inspiring. I would love to come up and visit you in a couple of weeks Molly, so as soon as I get back in town I will call you.

    love you,

    Michelle

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  14. By the way, Molls, I tried to leave a comment on your last post, but when I posted it, blogger said there was an error. It took so much emotion to get through typing it that I couldn't do it again. That last post was one of the hardest things I have ever read. I almost couldn't finish it. I hope you can feel the blessings that we have all been asking for you to receive.

    You are just beautiful, Molly. Beautiful.

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  15. wow... I didn't know a 38 year old man could receive a two year olds kidney's. Amazing. What a blessing to those people.

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  16. what an beautiful thing to learn. I can't believe how grateful those families must be right now.

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  17. what a wonderful gift lucy and you two have given those people. thanks for sharing.

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  18. Thank you so much for posting this letter. Organ and tissue donation is truly amazing. In April, our son Carter recieved just such a tissue donation from a loving family just like yours. He has severe heart defects and was in need of a new pulmonary valve. I wish that I could tell that family just how much their loving gift has meant to my family. But in their stead, I will thank you and all like you that give so generously in your time of sorrow.

    Erin Merrill and Carter

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  19. that is beautiful. in such a short time, little lucy has touched so many lives, and she is living on in SO many ways! you have every reason to always be proud parents.

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  20. Molly,
    What a beautiful and noble gift that you, Vic and Lucy so selflessly gave to these families. You have touched so many lives because of your generosity. Your posts are so inpiring, and truly give me the perspective that I need. Thank you. Thank you also for the sweet comment on my blog. It is amazing to me that you are there lifting others up, as you are grieving. I continue to pray for you and your family.

    Jennie

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  21. Truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with us.

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  22. Molly and Vic,
    I am one of the many strangers who have been so touched by your blog. My sister told me about your blog earlier this evening and I was compelled to read your story. I want to say thank you for your bravery and honesty in sharing yourselves with us. I can not express how I have been touched and how my testimony has been strenghthed by your words. As I sit here, I make silent promises to myself, my daughter and the Lord to be a better mom and person, to cherish and strenghthen the relationships I have and truly be worthy to have them eternally. In the middle of what may be one of your most difficult trials you are such a wonderful example of strength and charity. We who are parents are truly blessed to have the children we are given, but Lucy was also truly blessed with a father and mother who actively cherish the gospel and eternal families. She will never be on the other side of the veil waiting and hoping her family will make the right choices so that she may be with them again. Thank you again for your example and for touching my heart so that I may be a better person.

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  23. I have been waiting to see this news! I am so proud of Lucy and you two, I agree with Peggy - a two-year-old to a 38 year old, Lucy is amazing! I guess all that juuuuiice did her well. I love that little gal. I miss you guys.
    Paul

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  24. That is amazing! I hope this letter is something that will continually give you a little bit of peace and happiness! Thank you for your comment on my blog that was very kind of you.

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  25. Molly,

    Beautiful. My husband is a 38 year old man who will eventually need a liver transplant. I also have an almost two year old boy. This post hit home with me in many ways....as most of your posts do. Thank you for sharing and thank you for choosing to donate in the midst of an incredible trial. You inspire me to be better in so many ways.

    PS. I am a friend of Tami Weavers

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  26. That's so amazing. I have a good friend whose baby received a heart transplant about a year ago, and I know that they pray for the family of the donor every day and are so grateful that they chose to donate her organs so that their baby could live. It's a painful process, but there are so many blessings to be found.

    You guys remain in my prayers. (I'm a friend of Jen & Joe's... and Tiffany N's).

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  27. Dear Sweet Molly,
    I have not called or talked to you about your loss of your sweet baby girl. I hadnt ever seen a picture of her which makes me very sad to even say. I wish you peace of mind dear Molly losing a child is one of hardest things in our life and all I can ever tell myself since I lost Aaron is that everything happens for a reason..We may not know it now and it hurts like hell but we will one day. I hope you find comfort in memories and strength in each others love in this very difficult time. LOVE LIVES ON FOREVER IN THE HEART. Know that I am here for you and pray for you to find peace and comfort in your heart...please feel my love and caring for you now and always..
    Aunt Linda Rike

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  28. Molly-
    I'm sure that you have had a thousand people say a thousand things to you about feeling better. I just wanted to let you know that I think of you often and that I truly know that you knew that you would have this loss when you came down here. You were one of the strongest spirits. I know that this doesn't take away your pain but I know you are a special person.

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  29. I was told about your blog from a friend of mine and I just wanted Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You have touched my life so much, I now find myself being a little more patient with my 2year old and hanging on a little tighter. My testimony has been strenghted through your great example of having complete faith in our heavenly father, we are so lucky to have the plan of salvation in our life and knowing you will see your sweet lucy again. Lucy is adorable she is lucky to have you as her mom.
    Hopefully you have been able to feel all the prayers that are being offered for you and your family and hopefully they are bringing you some peace and comfort.

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  30. Simply wonderful. You, Vic and Lucy gave an unmeasurable gift and blessing to those people.

    Still thinking of you both and keeping you in my prayers.

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  31. Oh my goodness. I can't even get a grip. Simply beautiful. Bless you and Vic. What a gift you and Lucy are to these families that have been blessed because of your kindness and courage.

    Love,

    Lindsay

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  32. I am so inspired by the spirit i feel when I read your words. It is so much what I want to say but can't. I found your blog through my cousin and have been so thankful that I did. I had a baby about four months ago named Isaac. He lived for about ten minutes and then returned to our Heavenly Father. I miss him so much and I truly feel your loss as I read about your little Lucy. She is a darling girl! All we can do is hold on tight and ride the roller coaster of grief. I think that's called walking through the refiners fire. I could say much more on this topic but I want to say one more thing. My son Dallin who is 5 now was blessed to receive a heart transplant when he was 5 months old. I can't describe the moment we found out that there was a heart available. Hope doesn't even begin to describe it. At the moment we found out, I had been planning his funeral. After a brief moment of Joyful tears, I shed many many more for the family who had just lost their baby. I don't know who they are. I know that the precious baby was a girl. I love that family. We pray for them every single day for the gift that they so generously gave. I can sometimes feel her near us. You have done a very very noble thing and I say that from the bottom of my heart.

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  33. All I can say is Wow! What a great gift you and Lucy have given.

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