HAYDEN PARENTS DONATE DAUGHTER’S ORGANS AFTER METH-RELATED STROKE

THE COEUR D’ALENE PRESS | Deven Weeks
LOREN BENOIT/Press Kathy and Steve Forsness of Hayden share how they had to make the difficult decision to take their daughter Jennifer off life support and donate her organs after she had a stroke in October of 2017.
Every butterfly that crosses Steve and Kathy Forsness's path will always remind them of a beautiful life that left this world too soon.

Their daughter, Jennifer Forsness, was 41 when she died from a severe stroke in early October 2017.

“I think of her as a butterfly that flew away,” Kathy said, clearing flowers and gifts from the dining room table of their Hayden home Thursday afternoon. "She was a beautiful girl and I remember when she was born. We were so excited because we had a boy and then we got a girl six years later."

Jennifer's partner had found her unconscious on the floor of their Puyallup, Wash., home Oct. 4. Steve and Kathy boarded an emergency flight and rushed to the Puyallup hospital where their daughter was on life support.

Because Jennifer and her partner, Dustin, were not married, her parents had to make the heartbreaking decision to pull their daughter off the life supporting equipment.

"It took me three days,” Kathy said, tears in her eyes. “Finally, I went to her doctor and said, ‘Is there any possibility that she can come back?’ ... He said, ‘No. No, she is not coming back.’ Continue reading
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