Mother of Organ Donor Hears Her Late Daughter's Lungs Help Someone Else Breathe
Before the transplant, Jackie Price had a daily struggle to breathe due to cystic fibrosis.
It was an emotional moment caught on camera as a mother was filmed hearing something very special: The sound of her late daughter’s lungs helping someone else breathe.
Angela Justice lost her daughter, Samantha, last June, in a fatal car crash outside Washington, D.C.
Samantha was rushed to a hospital, where her family made the difficult decision to take her off life support.
“It's hard — it's the hardest thing you will ever do,” her emotional mother told Inside Edition.
Long before her death, Samantha decided to become an organ donor.
“I remember praying that whoever got Samantha’s lungs and her heart were young so they could live her life that she wasn't going to be able to live,” Angela said.
Samantha would have been 22 if alive today.
Jackie Price suffers from cystic fibrosis, a disease that severely affects the lungs. She proved to be a perfect match for Samantha’s lungs.
“I feel sad that somebody lost their life, but at the same time I feel grateful that I was given a second chance,” Price said. "Not everyone gets the second chance."
The 26-year-old was reunited with the family of the young woman who gave her the breath of life. Inside Edition’s cameras were rolling during the emotional moment at the United Network for Organ Sharing in Richmond, Va.
Samantha's parents and sisters were eager to listen to Jackie’s new lungs.
“It feels so good to take a deep breath,” Price said.
Samantha's sister, Sara, who just got engaged, also had a special request for Price.
“I'm the sister of the woman whose lungs breathe for you every day. So, if you're willing, please say you'll be my bridesmaid now and my newfound sister at heart forever,” Sara asked.
Jackie said she would be “honored” and out of a tragedy came a miracle to two families now bounded forever.
Follow Jackie's journey on her Instagram page.
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