The parents of 9-year old Christina Taylor Green donated her corneas and have saved the eyesight of two children through their gift.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Donated corneas from the young girl killed in the Arizona mass shooting have saved the eyesight of two children, the girl’s father told The Associated Press on Monday.
John Green said the Donor Network of Arizona told him and his wife about the successful transplants.
He said he doesn’t know whether any of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green’s other organs have gone to any other children, but he’s under the impression that her wounds rendered her internal organs unusable.
Christina was the youngest victim of the shooting that left a total of six dead and 13 others wounded — including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — on Jan. 8. Green said he and his wife Roxanna didn’t hesitate to allow doctors to use Christina’s organs.
“The fact that her organs were able to help people, that was an amazing thing to me,” he said. “It’s just another thing that this little girl has given the world.”
The Donor Network of Arizona declined to comment on any donation, citing confidentiality.
The third-grader had just been elected to the student council and had been interested in politics from a young age, which is why she went to see Giffords.
Green said knowing that other children have been helped by Christina has been a comfort during a difficult time for his family.
“We really felt a lot of emotion about that,” he said. “That was something that really made us feel gifted, still. We just want to make sure that her little time here in the world was well-spent.”
These are such good people. I just don’t know if my child had just been shot and killed (God Forbid!!) I would be that loving and generous. That is such an amazing attitude!
I’ve been on both ends of organ donating. As many of you will remember my brother received a heart transplant to correct a congenital heart condition. It literally saved his life and we couldn’t be any more grateful to the person that died and had signed his donor card. (I have always marked my license to donate organs.)
On the other end, I was at my parent’s home the night one of my uncles died and we received numerous phone calls from the hospital asking if they could take different parts of him – skin grafts from different areas of the body and then parts of his eyes I believe. You almost would rather not know what they take.
I’m sure it would be difficult as a parent to give your child’s organs: Your child has been killed and now someone wants to take parts of her away. I can’t even imagine. But I also know how that unselfish act can save someone.
I’m sure the two children who can now see are grateful Christina’s parents made the sacrifice.
Are you an organ donor? If God forbid your child died would you donate their organs?