Her Daughter Got My Daughter’s Heart

–an Organ Donation Story with Debi Wobbe

This particular podcast is a very personal one for me. In this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing the mother of Amera, the young woman who received my daughter Teal’s heart and kidney after her death.  

As one mother to another, Debi and I certainly connect out of simple empathy for the path of motherhood. And we are both happen to be people who love to laugh, and enjoy a good chat. In fact, we genuinely like each other! 

But we are also people who started out as total strangers, only to become inextricably linked on August 24, 2012.  

We are mothers who know what it’s like to sit by the side of your daughter’s bed, fearing her imminent death. And we are mothers who learned such decisions are not up to us, and so we both had to learn when to fight … and when to surrender.  

Today, we are mothers whose DNA is shared in the body of one extraordinary young woman. And we are definitely better for this shared connection. 

Some might call this karma. It sure feels like it to me. My path with Debi has been a really interesting one because we didn’t even know each other until about three months ago. It was not until five years after Teal’s death that we all finally felt like we could meet. So we met at Ocean Beach, the very place where we scattered Teal’s ashes – which was Amera’s idea. 

Amara is a thoughtful and highly sensitive young woman with an amazing life ahead of her. That much I’m sure of. And as for me and Debi … well, we’ve both been through the ringer, but we agree that we have emerged better for it. Our experiences have been remarkably similar, as this episode will tell you. 

Listen and you’ll learn how Amera made her way with congestive heart failure for more than seven years. And what it was like for Debi knowing her daughter’s death was always in the shadows … until her life was finally saved because of my own daughter’s death. 

It’s a conversation filled with hardship, hope, light and a lot of love.  

I recommend you listen to this when you have a moment, and really get the idea that we are all truly interconnected. Every last one of us. Even those of us who do not know each other at all. It’s a pretty wild concept when you think about it, and organ donation makes that truth extraordinarily clear. 

Enjoy. 

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