Dad selects recipients of Modesto woman’s kidneys after car crash

The Modesto Bee | Erin Tracy

Rick Methvin, middle, Rainey Adams and Gary Blackwell have become good friends since Methvin's daughter Stephanie was killed in a car accident on Highway 99 in Stockton late last year. Stephanie, 27, was an organ donor, so Methvin had to give final permission about her donation. Methvin found two people he knew who needed kidneys. Rainey Adams of Turlock and Modesto resident Gary Blackwell turned out to be a match, and received transplants days after Stephanie's death. Photographed in Riverbank on Friday January 17, 2014. ANDY ALFARO

STANISLAUS COUNTY — One calls her a blue-eyed angel. The other is overcome by the life-saving gift given by a friend in his time of grief.

The lives of two organ recipients and the father who lost a young daughter are linked by “directed donation,” in which a person chooses recipients for organ donations.

Nearly 3,000 Californians received organ transplants from 1,279 donors who lost their lives in 2013. Families of about 190 of the donors had at least one specific person in mind to whom they wanted to give an organ. But after considering whether the recipient was on the donor list, was well enough to undergo surgery and was a biological match to the donor, only a quarter of the chosen recipients received the organs they needed.

In the case of 27-year-old Modestan Stephanie Methvin, both recipients were able to accept a kidney, and both are also from Stanislaus County.
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