Sunday, August 28, 2016

Teen who died following ladder fall donates kidney to veteran

KOMO NEWS | Suzanne Phan

SILVERDALE, Wash. (KOMO) - A Kitsap family is preparing to bury their beloved teenage daughter on Saturday, but they find hope and promise that a part of her lives on.

Sixteen-year-old Emily Ramm was a bold, daring, and outspoken teen with big dreams and a lot of ambition, according to her family. Her life was cut short after she fell from a ladder at a construction site at Silverdale Elementary School on Aug. 13.

Loved ones say she was climbing to find higher ground and a better place to watch the meteor shower that night with friends.

Emily is giving the gift of life. According to her wishes, her organs -- her liver and kidneys -- were donated to several different people.

KOMO News has heard from a military veteran who received Emily's kidney right after she passed.

"There's no words to describe how grateful I am. For the family, the loss is huge. I can't say thank you enough,” said Daniel Mendoza from his home.

“She would have loved to know that Daniel received her kidney,” said Tara Vasey, Emily's aunt.

The day after he received the priceless gift, Mendoza received a text from Vasey. Continue reading
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