Family of organ recipient attends funeral of donor who saved his life

MY STATESMAN  | Crystal Bonvillian

NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey woman whose organs were donated after her death last week had special mourners at her funeral -- the family of one of the people whose lives she saved.

Ivonne Martinez Rivera, 41, of Kearny, died July 20, several days after she suffered a brain aneurysm, according to WABC in New York. Her family, which included her husband and three children, decided to have her removed from life support when doctors determined that there was nothing more they could do for her.

Rivera’s heart, kidney and liver were donated to two different people, WABC reported. Her husband, Andy Rivera, told the news station that organ donation was in line with his wife’s personality.

“My wife is the type of person who will help anybody, whether or not she knows you,” Rivera said. “She feels content helping other people.” Continue reading

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