Parents share baby’s final moments before she donates organs
What a little superhero
Content Editor / May 29 2019
When Meagan Sobolik's baby daughter, Coralynn, was declared brain dead after contracting parainfluenza, she and her husband Paul were inconsolable.
However, they made the very brave and selfless decision to donate Coralynn’s organs so that her young life would not be in vain.
A video of Coralynn's last moments as she's being wheeled into her organ donation surgery has gone viral, and her family is sharing the legacy of their little hero.
“When we knew that she wasn’t ever going to wake and that she was gone mentally, we knew that she would want her organs to help people in need,” Meagan said.
Coralynn's organs went to three individuals, according to the family’s GoFundMe page.
Her heart was going to a one-year-old boy, her liver went to a one-year-old girl, and her kidneys were donated to a 41-year-old woman.
“She is going to be living on within three different people,” Meagan said. “She isn’t really gone, she lives on in her legacy.”
As Coralynn was wheeled into surgery, hospital staff, friends and family members formed a guard of honour and sang “Amazing Grace.”
“The doctor that took care of her came in on his day off to be the first in line and also the last one to be with us when they shut the elevator doors to take her to surgery,” Meagan told People.
“The nursing staff was amazing to us … They gave us so much comfort and support while we were there, it was amazing.”
Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.