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My mom lost a son. But she gained a daughter : B.C. heart transplant recipient meets donor s family

My mom lost a son. But she gained a daughter : B.C. heart transplant recipient meets donor s family
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It would be over a decade before they met in person, but Marie Doherty of Pitt Meadows, B.C., and Carrie Jung of Vancouver have a connection that goes far beyond the written word.

Their relationship began following a family tragedy. In 2002, Marie lost her youngest son, 37-year-old Darcy.

"He was just a tiny little guy when he was born. He was three pounds, six ounces," Marie said.

Darcys older brother Daryl fondly remembers giving him the nickname "Squirt," while their father called him "Peanut."

"He was the baby," Daryl said. They both recalled how he grew to become an adult who would help anyone who needed it. "He wouldve given the shirt off his back."

In June of 2002, Darcy suffered a brain aneurysm. He became an organ donor, something his family said he would have wanted to do.

"To hear that his organs were going to be donated and he was going to make somebodys life close to normal again, I kid you not, he would have been smiling," Daryl said.

"He always was doing something for somebody. Whoever needed help, he was there," Marie said.

At that time, Carrie had been on the wait list for a heart transplant for seven years after being diagnosed with heart failure.

"As soon as the phone rang, I knew that it was the call that i had been waiting for," Carrie said.

She received Darcys heart.

"After I recovered, I was determined to contact the donor family. I wanted to express to them my gratitude," Carrie said.

In the months that followed, Carrie and Marie began sending each other letters through BC Transplant.

They were not allowed to share identifying information, but kept in touch for 17 years.

"Christmas cards, Easter cards, Valentines Day card, no reason at all card," Carrie said. "She got a picture of what my life was like through those cards."
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