Family shares story to encourage others to give the gift of life


Standing in front of a quilt made up of squares that commemorate those who chose to donate their organs when they died, a young mother held back tears as she thanked donors who give life to recipients, like her young daughter, Faith.

Jamie and Faith Gibson, of Greenville, attended the first flag raising ceremony held at Meadville Medical Center on Wednesday in honor of April being National Donate Life Month. The event was sponsored by MMC and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), of Pittsburgh.

The crowd gathered at MMC and listened as Gibson, accompanied by her spirited 3-year-old daughter Faith, told of the difficult journey Faith and her family endured in her first three years of life.

The results of an ultrasound test performed when Gibson was 20-weeks during her pregnancy were devastating for her family. "The doctor told us that our baby was not compliant with life and would be born with half of a heart," she said. "He suggested we terminate the pregnancy."

Gibson and her husband Nathan didn't have to contemplate their decision for long. "We decided to carry her to term," Gibson said. "If we were to have her for just 24 hours, we wanted he her to know love." Continue reading
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