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24th Jan 2020

Mother of four who died after giving birth becomes ‘one in a million’ organ donor

Melissa Carton

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Thirty-four-year-old Kathleen Thorson, a mother of four, has donated 12 of her organs, a story which has touched people all over the world.

Her son Teddy was born on December 29 and just five days later, Kathleen was rushed to hospital due to a severe bleed in her brain.

Unfortunately, despite her doctor’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the life of the young mum and she passed away earlier this month.

After her passing, 12 of Kathleen’s organs were donated to those in desperate need;

“Kathleen’s condition deteriorated to a point that she could no longer survive.

As was her wish, we are doing everything we can for her to be the prayed-for miracle of life for certain others in need of organ donations.”

The organiser of the Go Fund Me page, Richard Stubbs said that Jesse was told by medical staff that Kathleen was a “one in a million” organ donor.

“We have received news that in accordance with her wishes Kathleen qualified as a viable donor for all of her organs. The nurse told Jesse the chances that someone is a candidate of this magnitude is less than 1 in a million. But anyone who knew Kathleen already knew that”.

Her husband says that his wife’s legacy has helped his family to cope with the tragic loss and to heal.

When speaking on Good Morning America Jesse Thorson said;

“I’m glad my kids will know their mom for doing that. My 7-year-old told his first grade class that his mom has ‘helped people.'”

Jesse Thorson went on to say that the Oregon-based Thorson family are now facing large medical costs for the birth of their youngest son, for Kathleen’s hospital bills, and for upcoming funeral expenses.

Thankfully through generous donations, the family has already succeeded in reaching their target but they say nothing will ever truly help them get over the loss of Kathleen.

“There aren’t many words to be said except that we love her, and we will miss her with every breath we take. Through all of this hardship, her love, life, and magic are still felt.”

Image via Go Fund Me