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Friday, April 29, 2016

Gift of Life Unites 2 Families in Heart and Song

Holly Campbell of Horseheads meets pediatric heart transplant recipient Beckham Scadlock at an event a few years ago. At 2 weeks old, Beckham received the heart of Holly's infant son,11-week-old Jake Campbell.
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER

The death of a child is perhaps the worst nightmare a parent can experience. For Horseheads residents Holly and Andy Campbell, who lost their 11-week-old infant son, Jake, they will never get over their loss. Yet during a time of sudden tragedy, when their baby was rushed to Rochester but couldn’t be saved, they realized that through the gift of organ donation they could help keep another family from losing a child.

As they made their selfless decision that day in 2007, 800 miles away in Iowa, a then 2-week-old baby boy, Beckham, and his parents, Kim and Nathan Scadlock, faced the difficult odds of Beckham receiving a heart transplant. That is, until the courageous decision that took place at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. Continue reading 
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