One family’s tragedy becomes another family’s miracle

If you could give the gift of life to another family after losing a child, would you? See what one mother did after her daughter died.

Have you ever had a major tragedy turn into a blessing or miracle for yourself or someone else?

When 11-year-old Blair was tragically struck and killed by a stray bullet, her mother, Michelle, decided to donate her organs. As a result, Blair’s heart was able to save the life of 17-year-old Andrew.

At an emotional meeting on the Katie Couric show, Michelle told Andrew, “I’m excited for you to have the joy of life, and I’m blessed to meet all three of you, and I’m eager for a friendship.”

She also explained why she didn’t want to meet before. She didn’t want to squelch their joy with her tragedy of losing her daughter. “…but the gift we were able to give is monumental in comparison to that.”

Michelle then gets the chance to hear her daughter’s heartbeat once again from within Andrew’s chest. She is overcome with emotion as Andrew embraces her.

It’s a beautiful moment of one mother’s loss becoming a great blessing for another family.

Read this similar story of a family who gets to hear their son’s heartbeat one last time.

As families, we can teach selflessness and how to find the good among the tragedies in our lives. See how these 5 young heroes and their acts of service can restore your faith in humanity. Trials, even tragedies, can help us become better people depending on our attitude and what we choose to do afterward. We can become bitter and hide from the world, or we can find the goodness and seize the opportunity to help others who are enduring similar trials.

See how this family overcame tragedy and sought joy after heartbreak in a small community.

Wendy Jessen

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