C.P. woman donates daughter's heart to friend

NWI TIMES | Giles Bruce

Vicki Olds, left, a mother from Crown Point, wanted some good to come out of the tragic death of her 18-year-old daughter, Domonique "Nikki" Smith. Family friend Tanisha Basham, a mother of three from University Park, Ill., received Nikki's heart though a successful heart transplant surgery at Advocate Heart Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

OAK LAWN, Ill. -- Last summer, Vicki Olds watched and listened to her daughter's heart beat for 45 minutes. She couldn't help but get emotional, given that her daughter, Nikki Smith, had died weeks earlier.

Smith's organ was giving life to family friend Tanisha Basham, who had nearly died from congestive heart failure.

"I couldn't stop crying, to know that this is my baby, living inside Tanisha," said Olds, of Crown Point.

She spoke at the facility where the transplant took place, Advocate Heart Institute at Christ Medical Center.

"It was the most overwhelming thing a parent could ever experience," she said. Continue reading