After a teen's tragic death, one family finds a sliver of peace

TODAY | Rheana Murray

After a teen's tragic death, one family is finding a sliver of peace, thanks to organ donation.

Emily Ramm, 16, of Poulsbo, Wash., died earlier this month when she slipped off a ladder. Despite their grief, her family told TODAY they were glad to learn that an Army veteran named Daniel Mendoza, who deployed twice to Iraq, received one of her kidneys.

In a way, that keeps Ramm alive, her aunt Tara Vasey told TODAY.

"Emily is gone, but not really gone," she said.

"We feel very lucky she went where she went," Vasey added. "Knowing she's with Daniel — he's an infantry guy, that's as tough as you get. I know she'll be safe with him."

Ramm died on August 13 after suffering numerous fractures and a brain injury in the fall. She and a friend had been stargazing at a construction site outside of an elementary school in Silverdale, Wash., when the teen, who would have been starting her junior year in high school, lost her footing on a ladder and fell 38 feet to the ground. Continue reading
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