ABC 13 Eyewitness News | Eric Thomas
|A young Antioch boy in need of a transplant is healthy thanks to a 22-year-old Army veteran, whose organs were donated after he died in an automobile accident.|
PLEASANTON, CA -- Tragedy can tear people apart, but it can also bring them closer together. In the case of these two families, one's loss helped give life to the other.
Maggie Kolb of Woodland and the Ouimet family of Antioch look like they've known each other all their lives. Actually, they've only known each other for three years, and all because of an energetic little boy named Matthew.
"It does my heart so much good to see that and I love to see him running around," said Kolb.
But, it wasn't always that way. When he was just a few months old, Matthew would get sick, really sick, and really often. Doctors found a rare disease was destroying his liver and kidneys.
"When you hear the words end-stage renal failure it just sounds so final and so scary," said his mother, Kristi Ouimet.
His parents had to drive from Antioch to San Francisco six days a week for Matthew's dialysis. He wouldn't survive without a transplant. Three times they were told there was a donor. And three times it fell through, until a 2013 automobile accident took the life of a 22-year-old Army veteran. Continue reading
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