Minnesota mom who lost husband, 1-year-old child in crash, declared brain dead, will donate her organs

INFORUM | St Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL -- Elizabeth Calderara, the Cannon Falls woman who was on life support after a Monday car crash in rural Dakota County that killed her husband and 1-year-old daughter, was declared brain dead Wednesday night at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Calderara’s heart and other organs will be donated, her mother, Suzanne Mohn Brantly, wrote in a Facebook post Thursday morning.

“Her heart is still beating and she is still on a ventilator in order to keep her heart and organs alive until the surgeons of the organ recipients are able to arrive,” she wrote. “Because her brain stopped before her heart, she will be able to gift her whole heart to someone in need instead of just her heart valves. Most likely it will be later this evening when that happens.” Continue Reading
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