It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: having to watch your child die at a young age.
**Scroll down for video of parents saying goodbye
The story of Paul and Meagan Sobolik seems almost like a horror story.
A couple of months ago, their two-year-old daughter Coralynn “Cora” ended up in the hospital due to respiratory problems.
Three days later the little girl was declared brain dead, a dramatic consequence of the parainfluenza virus.
Paul and Meagan Sobolik, from Iowa had to deal with one of the most difficult things a family could possibly go through.
Their daughter Cora began experiencing problems breathing.
When the little girl arrived at the hospital, she suffered cardiac arrest three times, and doctors had to perform CPR on her for 25 minutes.
It was successful, but there were serious complications. Unfortunately, Cora sustained brain damage as a result of her heart stopping so many times.
But the brave little girl was still alive, and her parents prayed to God that she would make it.
“Our daughter was absolutely the world to us. She was such a happy little girl and always laughing — her laugh was infectious”
Once she was stabilized, Cora was able to be transferred.
But during the third night at the hospital, Cora’s brain started to swell and an emergency CAT scan revealed the worst news possible.
Cora was declared brain dead after a brief three-day battle.
Hours later, Meagan and Paul had to make the hardest decision of their lives.
”When we knew that she wasn’t ever going to wake and that she was gone mentally, we knew that she would want her organs to help people in need”
Days after her tragic death, the 22-month-old girl was taken to surgery.
Watch the video below
But it wasn’t a surgery to save her life, it was to possibly save the life of others.
Her parents bravely shared video footage when Cora was wheeled down the hallway to donate her organs to those who were in desperate need of them.
In the video, family members and the hospital staff lined the hallways of the hospital to pay tribute to Cora.
Cora was able to donate her heart and save a 1-year-old boy. Her liver saved a 1-year-old girl and her kidneys went to help a 41-year-old woman.
The video also shows her mother whispering to her daughter: “you get to save three people, I love you forever”.
This brave little girl made a difference in the lives of others.
Prayers for this family in their loss. Three others are living with your generous gift of your daughter.
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