On the 30th anniversary of her brother's death, Nampa woman meets the man who has his heart

Kari Child, John Whitcomb, Michael McCarty 
NAMPA — The morning Kari Child found out her older brother Danny McCarty had died in a car crash, she was a freshman in college about to take a final exam.

“Which I failed, miserably,” Child said.

After his funeral, Child learned that several of her brother’s organs had been donated — his eyes, kidneys and heart. But even then, she said she didn’t spare much thought wondering where his organs ended up in the years following his death.

That is until 30 years later, when a mother from Washington reached out to her, explaining that Danny’s heart had saved her son’s life.


Danny died in a car crash in 1987 when he was just 23 years old. Child said her brother enjoyed rebuilding old cars with his friends. At a barbecue in April with Danny’s friends and family, one of his buddies offered to let him ride along in a vehicle he had just finished remodeling.

During their drive, a tire blew out, and the car rammed into the back of a Volvo. Child said the passengers in the Volvo were fine, but the driver of the car Danny was in went into a coma, and her brother was brain-dead almost instantly. The driver would be in a coma for a long time, only to come out with no memory of the accident. Continue reading

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