Meagan Sobolik, mother of the baby Cora, shared a touching video of the hospital staff at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Iowa, singing 'Amazing Grace' as her baby was wheeled towards the surgical unit in April.
When one-year-old baby girl, Coralynn (Cora) Sobolik was declared brain dead by doctors at the Rochester Mayo Clinic in Iowa, her parents Megan and Paul Sobolik were devastated. Cora had contracted a virus that proved fatal. However, what the parents did next was something that should be an example to all. They gave up Cora's organs for donation, so that their daughter might be of help to those in need and live on through other people's lives reports People. Thanks to the organ donation, a one-year-old boy received Cora's heart, a one-year-old girl got her liver, and a 41-year-old woman received Cora's kidneys. Soon after contracting the virus, Cora was first taken to a hospital at Cresco Medical on April 19. She was having difficulty breathing. Doctors then decided that a transfer to the Mayo Clinic Hospital was the best chance to save her life. She was sedated and incubated in order to do this. During that procedure, Cora’s heart stopped. Staff performed CPR for nearly 25 minutes. Cora’s heart and echocardiogram appeared okay afterward and doctors were confident that she would recover, but things took a turn for the worse, and Cora’s brain started to swell. Doctors took a CAT scan and discovered she had brain damage. Cora's parents were informed on April 21. Meghan said, "I dropped to my knees and cried and kept saying, 'No, no, no, God, no'. I then felt numb and felt empty.” They knew that Cora could not be replaced, but her memory could still live on.
Meagan added, "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." She decided to record the moment Cora went into organ donation surgery for their loved ones who could not be there. There were emotional scenes at the hospital when Cora was taken to the surgical unit with her parents near her. A video has been shared by Meagan and it has gone viral. Nurses and doctors lined the hospital hallways and sang Amazing Grace for Cora.
Meagan said of the gesture, "I was speechless, and it was truly wonderful to see and feel so much love and support for our little girl." Meagan and Paul were all praises for the hospital staff. "The doctor that took care of her came in on his day off to the be the first in line and also the last one to be with us when they shut the elevator doors to take her to surgery. The nursing staff was amazing to us … They gave us so much comfort and support while we were there, it was amazing," explained Meghan
She added, "It also adds comfort to me to see [Cora] again and confirm what we did was the right thing to do, She is going to be living on within three different people. She isn’t really gone, she lives on in her legacy." Cora would have been 2 in July. A GoFundMe page was created by Cora’s aunt Melissa Brevig for funeral expenses. Meagan said, "When your child donates their organs, they live on in someone else [and] they are saving people that otherwise [might] not be saved without your child’s gifts. Our daughter was absolutely the world to us."
She added, "She was such a happy little girl and always laughing — her laugh was infectious. Cora is our little superhero, and I believe is becoming an inspiration for millions of people and also helping to raise awareness for organ donation all over the world.”