The mother of a 13 year old who passed away, hears her daughter’s heart beating for the last time inside the chest of a transplant patient.
Taylor Storch, age 13, died in a skiing accident while vacationing in Colorado. The family were on their last day of vacation when Taylor fell backwards and her body slammed into a tree . Doctors pronounced her brain dead just hours after. Her family donated her organs.
Mother Tara Storch broke down as she heard her daughter’s heart beat through a stethoscope, now beating in the chest of 39-year-old transplant recipient, Patricia Winters.
'Taylor and I were very, very close and I would lie in bed with her and just snuggle with her,' her mother explained.
'So I got to lay my head on her chest. What was magical was while I was doing that, her heart just had this huge kick. Then Patricia said, "Did you hear that?" And I said, “Yes, I did."
'Then it did it again - this huge kick.
'I looked at Patricia and she said, "I was praying while you were lying on my chest that Taylor would give you a sign that she was here."
'And she did. I will never forget that. It was truly the gift of Taylor letting me know she was here.'
The Storchs, did not hesitated to donate their daughter's organs after her tragic death. Mr Storch said Taylor had been a 'giving, wonderful person', adding that the choice had been 'very, very easy'.
Taylor's saved the lives of four people with her organs- including Patricia Winters.
Patricia , 39 from Arizona, had been suffering from cardiomyopathy for nearly five years. Her condition had degenerated and she was in desperate need of a heart transplant. 'I felt like I wasn't going to last too long,' Patricia said.
Although all organ donations are confidential, Mrs Winters put two and two together when she read an article from Colorado stating that a 13-year-old girl had died in a ski accident and a 39-year-old Arizona woman had received her heart.
Taylor's mother Tara, was also searching for the recipient of her daughters heart. She finally found an article online about Mrs Winters and noticed a comment on that article by one of her acquaintances .
The Storch family contacted the acquaintance and within weeks they were face to face with the recipients of their daughter’s heart
The Storches are huge advocates of organ donation, launching a website called TaylorsGift.org to help other families donate as they did.
While 90 percent of people want to donate their organs, only 30 percent know how to do so. Mr Storch stated 'We're trying to make it very, very easy for them.”
Mrs Winter is so humble and grateful for a second chance at life. She stated, 'If I'm here, and I'm here raising my boys, I'm alive because of her,' she said.