A touching video captured the moment when a little girl with brain death was taken on a stretcher through the hospital halls to undergo an organ donation surgery. Her mother hopes the girl can inspire others to become organ donors.
Coralynn Sobolik, who was a 1-year-old, received one last kiss from her mother, Meagan Sobolik, 29, who told her, "you get to save three people, I love you forever."
In the harrowing video, doctors and nurses line the corridors of the hospital to honor Coralynn, while singing "Amazing Grace" in what has been titled "The Walk of Respect," or "Honor Walk," a tradition that honors the great heroes who donate their organs.
The little girl, a native of New Hampton, Iowa, was declared brain dead the day before, after five days fighting with parainfluenza complications. The life of three people will be saved thanks to Coralynn, whose respirator was disconnected on April 22, after donating her heart, liver, and kidneys.
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Coralynn was already sick when her parents took her to the hospital at Cresco Medical on April 19. There, the doctors discovered she had trouble breathing after contracting parainfluenza, a virus that causes respiratory problems.
There are different types of the virus, some cause a running nose, but there are more severe cases with breathing difficulties that can lead to hospitalization.
Because of her delicate condition, doctors at Cresco decided it was better to transfer Cora to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, but before doing so, they need to intubate and sedate her.
But her body couldn’t stand it. Her heart stopped in the process, and the staff applied CPR for more than 25 minutes. They managed to stabilize her and move her to Mayo Clinic.
After the first exams, doctors told Cora’ family her echocardiogram looked good. But a tomography showed brain damage in the little one. The doctors thought she would wake up, but they did not know how disabled she would be.
Cora's aunt, Melissa Brevig, stated on Coralynn's fundraising page in GoFundMe that "no one cared about if she would be different we all just wanted her to wake up and look at us again.”
However, two days later, Coralynn's brain began to swell. An emergency tomography revealed that she was brain dead, meaning she would never regain consciousness or be able to breathe on her own.
"There was no coming back. Meagan and Paul had to make the hardest decision of there life. They decide that Coralynn had been brought back in Cresco for a reason. That reason...... to be a superhero to other people,” Brevig said.
Meagan Sobolik explained that she and Paul, her daughter’s dad, decided to donate her organs to ensure her legacy would live forever.
“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 told People, adding that she decided to record the moment the girl went into surgery for those family members that weren’t there.
The heart-wrenching video, which was recorded by Mayo Clinic Hospital’s chaplain, has earned over 9.9 million views on Facebook. Meagan hopes her girl’s story can encourage more people to become organ donors.
“When your child donates their organs, they live on in someone else [and] they are saving people that otherwise [might] not be saved without your child’s gifts,” Meagan explained.
And concluded: “We love her and miss her every day and always will. But like I said, she lives on in the three people she saved.”
Rest in peace, Coralynn.
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