Good Friday 6: One death saves lives

We’ve got one long story for you today. Are you ready?

A story. A girl is dying:

At age 2, Lyndsey was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease which causes mucus to build up in the lungs. Dr. Joshua Sonett, the chief of thoracic surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, treated Lyndsey. In 2011, when he looked at her x-rays, Dr. Sonett said he could see that Lyndsey’s right lung was hugely inflated and that over time, she had lost function in part of her left lung, which contained scar tissue.

“Just imagine is I took 80 percent of your lung away, how you would function,” Dr. Sonett said. “Lyndsey is going to die is she doesn’t get her lung soon.”

And a young man:

Adrian Rodriguez, was an 18-year-old high school senior, a charmer with a passion for cooking. Dexter Hannibal, the school’s college advisor helped Adrian apply for scholarships to culinary schools. “When you saw him, he was always in his chef outfit, in black pants, always,” he said.

But on April 1, 2011, tragedy struck. His mother said Adrian left for school wearing new shoes that day. It’s believed Adrian slipped and fell on the subway platform as the train pulled in, and the train clipped his head.

Adrian ended up being brain dead, but his organs were still functioning. And so, his mom painfully decided to have her son donate his lungs. Those lungs went to Lyndsey. By the way, Lynsey is 26 in reference to the article.

It’s highly unusual for organ donor recipients to find out who their donors were, but Lyndsey contacted the Organ donor network and discovered the donor’s family was as eager to connect as she was. At an extraordinary meeting, Lyndsey and her family got to thank Diana, face-to-face.

“It’s crazy for me to think that she can literally put her hands here,” Lyndsey, touching her chest, “and she can feel it’s him breathing. It’s him breathing and I’m breathing with him.”

Lyndsey and Adrian’s mother now share a special bond that can never be broken, as do three other people who received Adrian’s heart, pancreas and liver.

It’s really awesome how many lives were saved with one death.

I think you know where I’m going.

Jesus died so that you could live too. Adrian may have not been willing to do it, but Jesus was. Think about that. He willingly died so you could have more than a liver or a lung.

He died so you could have everlasting life.



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