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Indianapolis family creates miracle from tragedy with organ donation

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 23, 2016)-- A mom fighting for the life of her child faced a heavy reality that for her son to live, another person might not.

“I did pray every second and every minute. Then you feel like a horrible person because you know that for your child to live, somebody else is saying goodbye to theirs,” says Carolynn Sprague.

Liam Sprague, 4,  was once happy, healthy and care-free. That ended when his family was hit with the tragic news that the toddler was dying from a heart illness and would not live without a heart transplant.

Liam spent months in the hospital fighting, his entire family all hoping for a second chance.

“To hear that your son needs one, to know that a family has to say 'Yes' and without that your son won’t live,” said Sprague.

Liam’s wish was granted at the same time a family of six experienced a great tragedy. On February 23, 2013 a house fire in Indianapolis took the lives of the Guerras. Two of the children, 14-year-old Miranda and 8-year-old Fuentez died of smoke inhalation, leaving the rest of the family with the decision of how to best let their lives be remembered.

“You don’t have to think about it, until it really impacts you or happens to you,” said David Guerra.

Family members decided to donate the Guerras' organs. Fuentes Guerra now lives on inside of Liam, through his beating and healthy donated heart.

“I’m embracing Liam, but you know that it is like I’m embracing Fuentes,” said Sandra Lopez.

The tragedy turned miracle has brought the Guerras and the Spragues together.

“That is why it was important for us to meet the family that saved our son because we wanted them to see this is what happened when you said 'Yes.' This was the outcome, saying yes saved my son's life,” said Sprague.

 

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