METAIRIE, La. – It is a hug that only two mothers can fully comprehend.
“You have this family picture that is no longer real. It's different, it's not what it was,” is how Andrea Blakemore explains the loss.
In May 2005, her child Dougie, a spunky, athletic 4-year-old boy, was hit and killed by a car. His liver was transplanted into a young Japanese boy, saving his life.
Recently, the Japanese family flew to Louisiana for a surreal meeting with the people who provided their son his second chance, through an organ donation.
The Japanese family is very private and didn't want to be interviewed or have their faces shown. The Blakemores couldn't believe they would have the chance to see in person what their son had passed on.
“It is exhilarating,” Andrea said. “I can't even express the words. We get to experience a miracle. It's the most amazing gift of life.”