Luft Tuff: Minnesota girl receives Charles City teen's liver

THE COURIER | Steve Bohnel

CHARLES CITY — On July 7, Jeannie Westby and her husband, Pete, received a call from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

For their family it was good news: A liver was available for Jeannie’s daughter, 15-year-old Faith, whose own liver was starting to fail. The price, however, was that it would be the liver of 15-year-old Logan Luft, a Charles City teen who died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident July 4.

The Westbys were flown that day to Rochester from Pelican Rapids, Minn., and Faith underwent surgery for the liver replacement. It was successful, but Jeannie was initially overcome with mixed emotions.

“I think as a recipient, you’re not prepared for how thankful and how sad you are,” she said. “It took me a while to work through the fact there’s a set of parents that don’t have their child.”

Now, however, the Lufts and Westbys have become good friends, according to Wendy Luft, Logan’s mother. The Westbys plan to visit Charles City on Jan. 29, and see much of the community where Logan thrived and was well-respected. Continue reading 
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