Heartbroken: Grieving mother's organ donation decision saves six


Marcy Robitaille of Warwick with a portrait of her daughter, Makenzie Goode, who died after a car accident in January 2010. Makenzie's organs were donated to help save six people. T&G Staff/Christine Peterson
Marcy Robitaille said she knew the accident involving her 17-year-old daughter Makenzie was serious when the Winchester, New Hampshire, police officer didn’t answer her question.

“Of course, the first question was, ‘How is she?,’ Mrs. Robitaille recalled last month in a coffee shop in Gardner. “They just continued to tell me about the accident, and I was like, ‘But how is she?’ And he just kept continuing, so I said, ‘You have to tell me how my daughter is.’ ”

Mrs. Robitaille paused before continuing. “And he said, ‘She’s unconscious and she’s being Life Flighted to UMass.’”

Doctors said Makenzie’s “very, very best-case scenario” was to essentially spend the rest of her life fully incapacitated - she would never walk, talk or play soccer again, Mrs. Robitaille recalled. Makenzie would never pull into a parking lot, jack up the music and have random dance parties with friends. She wouldn't be able to join her boyfriend at college where they both planned to study to become physical education teachers. Continue reading 

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