I’d already made peace with God’


Every day is a good day for a Brookhaven dad.

That’s because James Laird can look at his children — Michael, Jake, Jonathan and Caroline — and feel blessed that he’s a father to all four.

Laird owes the honor to a family he’s never met, a couple who said OK to an organ donation from their deceased son to Jonathan more than 23 years ago.

Laird has vowed to give something back to honor the family who sacrificed their loved one’s organ so that his son could enjoy his life.

Before their baby got sick, Laird had never considered becoming an organ donor. “I never thought about it back in those early days,” he said. “That’s the way it usually goes until affects you, you don’t really stop and think about it.”

His and Alma’s first two sons were healthy, so they didn’t expect to encounter problems with Jonathan. He stayed sick as a baby, and doctors couldn’t determine why his liver was failing. At 10 weeks old, he needed a new liver to survive. Continue reading
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