Kathleen Thorson suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage five days after she gave birth to her fourth child, a son.
Kathleen Thorson was someone who wanted to save lives, even after her death and had pledged to donate all her organs. As bittersweet as it is, her wish came true, and doctors were able to donate 12 of her organs to other patients in need, including her heart and her lungs, reports People. Thorson suddenly fell ill earlier this month, right after she gave birth to her fourth child, son Teddy, on December 29, according to a GoFundMe campaign. It was set up for her husband, Jesse Thorson, and their children — Danny, Grace, James and the new baby. "Five days later Kathleen was rushed to the emergency room due to severe bleeding in her brain, causes unknown," according to the campaign.
"Kathleen's condition deteriorated to a point that she could no longer survive. As was her wish, we are doing everything we can for her to be the prayed-for miracle of life for certain others in need of organ donations. There aren’t many words to be said except that we love her, and we will miss her with every breath we take,” he continued on the GoFundMe page. “Through all of this hardship, her love, life, and magic are still felt," wrote Richard Stubbs, the organizer of the GoFundMe campaign.
Following her death, it was revealed that “Kathleen will be able to provide the prayed for miracle for nearly a dozen individuals who are waiting anxiously for an organ donation.” “The nurse told Jesse the chances that someone is a candidate of this magnitude is less than 1 in a million,” Stubbs added. “But anyone who knew Kathleen already knew that.” Kathleen's story caught attention after actress Kristen Bell‘s baby line, HelloBello, offered them a year's worth of wipes and diapers.
“Before she passed earlier this month, Kathleen said she wanted to save as many lives as possible and donated an almost unheard of 12 organs, including her heart and lungs,” Bell wrote in an Instagram post honoring Kathleen.
“Jesse – our thoughts are with your family during this unimaginably difficult time. Sending peace and love your way.” As of Thursday, the page had managed to raise $119,610 of the $95,000 target.
“At this point, every little bit extra will help Jesse pay off bills and work toward dreams he and Kathleen had of making a beautiful garden in their back yard. This was to be a space that Kathleen could teach her children about her love of gardening, invite friends over for fun events, and live her ‘hobbit’ dreams,” Stubbs wrote. “Be a little more like Kathleen,” Stubbs urged those who are touched by her story. “Look for the hand of God in your life every day. Love people. Cook them tasty food. Enjoy the beauty of your ordinary life. Go on adventures. Read poetry. Take calming baths. Wear soft clothes. Sing. Grow things. Grow people. Grow dreams. Find out who you are and be the best You that you can be.”