Families Linked by Organ Donation Meet for First Time

OZARKS FIRST | Brennon Gurley
NIXA, Mo. -- An organ donor family and a transplant recipient celebrate life together, for the very first time.

In many ways, it felt just like a family reunion, with all the emotions of people who haven't seen each other in a long time. But the two families never met before.

Dave and Andee Coble lost their son Gage more than a month ago. Now, they find some comfort knowing his life meant a new beginning for another family.

"Being able to see them, touch them, hug them, just like completed that circle," explains Andee.

"It's kind of an extension of some other things that you're dealing with in losing our son, but it's also very happy. It gives you something to hold onto," says Dave.

His parents say Gage will always be remembered for his infectious smile and love for life.

"Making sure you're grabbing onto those moments because you just never know. We didn't know that was our last day with Gage, we didn't have enough time with him," Andee Coble stresses. Continue reading

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