BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — One little girl lost her life almost two years ago, but now her life is being celebrated every day.
After Emily died in a car accident in 2011, her organs saved five peoples lives. She is a prime example of how something good can come from any situation.
"He did not have his headlights on I did not see him and he hit me, " said Emily’s mother, Mary Sawyer.
Mary looks back on that day, November 28, 2011, the day she lost her 11 year old little girl, Emily.
"In my heart I knew I had lost her, but my mind would not accept that," noted Sawyer.
But now even though Emily might not be by her side, five other people and their families are standing tall because of her.
Paul Richard was living with one kidney for over a decade until Emily’s gift of life.
“I don’t think I would have the words for the way I feel for the gift of life that has been given to me,” said Paul Richard.
After two failed transplants, doctors told Sprite Kiger there was nothing more they could do. That was until she heard the news she was getting a new liver.
“The best way to say anything is to say is to live as big as I possibly can,” Kiger said. “I can draw again. I can create and it's all because of that little girl right there.”
Whitley Bishop, a little girl the same age as Emily, a girl who was slowly slipping away until she received the gift of life.
“I had a hypo plastic left heart and my lips were blue all the time because I couldn't get enough oxygen to my brain," said heart recipient, Whitley Bishop. "After I got the transplant I was really pink and my nails they weren't purple anymore."
Emily’s mother sees the five organ recipients as not just that but a new part of her life, her family, all because of her daughter.
“If she can't live, she has to save another life," said Sawyer.
The other two organ recipients were Jamal Journee, who got a kidney, and Monica Rios, who got Emily’s pancreas.
Emily’s picture hangs in the hallway of Our Lady of the Lake to promote organ donation.