Imagine your daughter, just three days old, stops breathing as you hold her in your arms. What would you do? Would you think to donate her organs? That was the choice one Reno mother made. That gift has created a ripple effect, giving life to at least two others.
Felicia Hill had been looking forward to meeting her first child Audrey, but when the worst happened just three days after her birth she had no question what she should do. Another baby girl got Audrey's heart. Her kidneys went to a Sacramento woman, Hyde Lim, who, because of her battle with lupus, had been living on dialysis for nearly six years. "I'm free, and it's amazing," says Lim. "I can go where I want because I don't have to go to the clinic and do that three hours thing."
In celebration of the sacrifices made by organ donors, and to promote awareness, the group Donate Life is sponsoring a float in this year's Tournament of Roses Parade. Baby Audrey will be one of the 81 donors depicted on the float. Thursday at Renown Regional Medical Center, the family helped put the finishing touches on her floragraph. Right now in southern California, families of the other 80 donors are doing the same.
Felicia and her family plan to attend the parade in Pasadena, and continue to share with others the importance of organ donation. "I am very excited, and very proud of my daughter Audrey and what she for two other people as well," says Hill. You can watch for the float in the parade starting at 8:00 AM on New Year's Day. If you would like more information on organ donation, and how you can get involved, check out the link below.