Their daughter died five years ago. Now they meet the woman whose life she saved.


Linda West broke down as she embraced Jeanne Schreiber at the Golden 1 Center on Tuesday, meeting for the first time the woman whose life was saved by her only daughter’s kidney.

“I guess I should let go now,” she said, holding tight to Schreiber who also was teary eyed.

On New Years Eve, two months before she died, Kaylee West told her family that if anything were to happen to her, she wanted to be an organ donor. On Feb. 6, 2011, the 24-year-old El Dorado Hills resident had a brain aneurysm in her sleep and died.

Her kidneys and liver saved three lives, her corneas gave sight to two people and her tissue went to countless others.

The meeting between Ken and Linda West and Schreiber took place on what would have been Kaylee’s 30th birthday, at the moment she was born – 3:38 p.m. Arranged by Sierra Donor Services, the Wests met Schreiber at the Golden 1 Center because they’re huge Sacramento Kings fans and Kaylee’s favorite color was purple. Continue reading

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