Former fashion supermodel Sharon Stone is raising awareness on the importance of organ donation after the passing of her late nephew and godson River.
Sharon Stone opened up about her tragic loss in an interview with People (the TV Show) and shared that nothing helped her and her family come to terms with the loss of her nephew and godson River like organ donation.
The 63-year-old’s family donated River's organs to other people in need after he passed away at only 11 months old, but did not state what organs were donated.
However, Stone did mention the donor recipients’ age group while adding the mere fact that his passing was not in vain and that knowing he did some good is comforting, saying:
“The fact that my godson was able to save three lives, two infants and a 45-year-old man was a sanctuary to our family.”
The producer said one could never know when tragedy would strike but that an opportunity for organ donation saved her and her loved ones.
Stone emphasized that although many people are skeptical about organ donation, in the end, it provided her and her family peace.
The Pennsylvania native announced the death of River on August 30 on Instagram in a video montage showing home footage of the infant. The clip played Eric Clapton’s song “Tears in Heaven.”
River is the son of Stone's little brother Patrick Stone and his wife, Tasha. His death came a week before his birthday, September 8.
Before his passing, his aunt shared a photo of him intubated in the hospital as she revealed he was suffering from organ failure while calling for prayers and a miracle.
Since the loss of River, Stone hopes to raise awareness of sudden death syndrome (SDS). Just recently, while attending a movie premiere in New York City, she spoke frankly on learning about the condition.
She said the loss of her godson was the salvation of three families. In turn, it was a significant impact and great salvation for her own family while encouraging people to become organ donors.
SDS is the unexplained death, which usually occurs during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby who is less than a year old, per Mayo Clinic report.
The family found River in his crib with total organ failure, and his mom opened up about the pain of losing him. She wrote on Facebook that God needed him in heaven, though her heart was shattered into pieces.