Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A tiny heart: One baby’s death gives life to another

Star-Telegram
STAR-TELEGRAM RON JENKINS

Kim Whitworth at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Tuesday . Her baby Simon, has had his name added to the hospital's Wall of Life.

FORT WORTH — Simon Alexander Garcia lived only one brief hour. But somewhere a little girl’s heart is beating today because of him.

Kim Whitworth and her husband, Michael Garcia, were devastated to learn at their 20-week ultrasound last year that their first child’s lungs and bladder were developing abnormally. Though they knew he would not survive, the Fort Worth couple chose to continue the pregnancy. Simon was born just before midnight June 28 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, two weeks ahead of his expected due date.

“He had so much hair it was hard to believe,” said Whitworth, 21. “Everyone was amazed at how beautiful he was.”

Not long after Simon took his final breath, his parents were asked whether they would consider donating his heart valves to possibly help other children in need.

“My husband and I said ‘yes.’ We didn’t hesitate,” Whitworth said.
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www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.nettworth and her husband, Michael Garcia, were devastated to learn at their 20-week ultrasound last year that their first child’s lungs and bladder were developing abnormally. Though they knew he would not survive, the Fort Worth couple chose to continue the pregnancy. Simon was born just before midnight June 28 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, two weeks ahead of his expected due date.

“He had so much hair it was hard to believe,” said Whitworth, 21. “Everyone was amazed at how beautiful he was.”

Not long after Simon took his final breath, his parents were asked whether they would consider donating his heart valves to possibly help other children in need.

“My husband and I said ‘yes.’ We didn’t hesitate,” Whitworth said.

It wasn’t until last week that Whitworth and Garcia learned one of Simon’s heart valves went to a little girl at a Dallas hospital in February.

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