Two families are working to help others to realize the importance of organ donation after the tragic loss of a Jacksonville teen, who gave a mother of three a new chance at life.
Haley Moore, 17, was killed in a car accident 10 years ago.
She was an organ donor and her heart went to Anne Campbell.
Haley's family met Campbell in Jacksonville on Tuesday.
They said it’s a bond that is indescribable.
“This is my closure,” Haley’s mom said. “Being able to meet three of the six recipients. We met Lisa, her kidney recipient. We met Ted, her lung recipient, and we met Anne, her heart recipient.”
It might be the first time they’ve officially met, but Campbell has been carrying Haley’s heart for 10 years.
Campbell said she remembers waking up after the transplant feeling overwhelmed with emotions.
“My story is about an illness that lasted for 13 years and it was cured by Haley’s heart,” Campbell said. “I laid there with two feelings of joy and also sadness knowing that someone has lost their loved one.”
For Moore’s family, their devastating loss has turned into hope.
“To know our family member lives on through other people is just tremendous,” Haley’s dad said.
Medical professionals said it only takes a few minutes to sign up and in doing so, you can save up to eight lives.
Visit Organdonor.gov for more information.
© 2017 Cox Media Group.