Longwood University classmates decide to donate organs to save lives of others

WTRV Greg McQuade

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- When friends gather to talk about college days gone by, the conversation can swirl around Spring Break and sororities. But for three Longwood University graduates, their chats center on scars and surgery. Three years ago Skylar Carpenter went under the knife and donated her kidney. Her actions saved her seriously ill mother.

“She was very sick. It was a long battle. It was about eight years,” Skyler said. “She had so much color in her face. She was smiling. I haven’t seen my mom smile like that in years.”

Skylar’s friends Lauren Miller and Heather Monger weren’t just supportive they were inspired. After weighing the risks and undergoing a battery of tests to become organ donors, their phones rang.

"I wanted to help someone as quickly as possible," Heather said. “When she called and said I was approved I cried. I was so happy.”

Thinking about her late brother Heather donated her liver in June.

“It was honestly the best experience of my life,” she said. Continue reading
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