In a one-in-a-million case Kathleen donated 12 of her organs including her heart and lungs.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 24, 2020. It has since been updated.
A wave of happiness rushed through the Thorson family when Kathleen brought her fourth child with her husband Jesse Thorson to the world. The young parents of Danny, Grace, and James were thrilled to have baby number four among them and named him Teddy. But in a cruel turn of events, their happiness soon faded away when Kathleen had to be rushed to the hospital a week after her delivery. She suffered from severe bleeding in her brain. But before the reason for the hemorrhage could be determined, her condition deteriorated rapidly. She was declared brain dead soon after.
Her loss, however, fulfilled a lifelong dream of being able to donate her organs to people in need. Her wish was fulfilled and a total of 12 lives were saved. According to Mail Online, she was registered as an organ donor and she donated 12 of her organs including her heart and lungs.
After her demise, her family set up a GoFundMe page to cover the medical expenses of Teddy's birth and his mother's tragic passing. "Kathleen. Mother extraordinaire. Bringer of love, life, and magic. Giver of goodness and hope," wrote Richard Stubbs, the organizer of the campaign. "There aren't many words to be said except that we love her, and we will miss her with every breath we take. Through all of this hardship, her love, life, and magic are still felt."
This campaign does not only seek donations for the distraught family, but it also gives something priceless - inspiration. "Be a little more like Kathleen," says a statement on the page.
Furthermore, the historic story of Kathleen drew the attention of actress Kristen Bell, who, through her brand of baby products, Hello Bello, extended help by sending Jesse their Year of Hello Bello Diapers Bundles for the newborn baby boy. Bell took to Instagram to share the story of Kathleen by saying, "Jesse - our thoughts are with your family during this unimaginably difficult time. Sending peace and love your way."
With the funds being raised through their campaign, Jesse plans to fulfill Kathleen's wishes which included making a garden for their children, in the backyard. "This was to be a space that Kathleen could teach her children about her love of gardening, invite friends over for fun events, and live her 'hobbit' dreams," Stubbs stated on the GoFundMe page.
It is true that when their newborn son grows up, he might not remember what it was like to be in his mother's arms, but his mother's story of generosity and extraordinary courage will make him feel proud every moment of his life. Kathleen's story will make him realize that even as she was slipping away from her world, she decided to give life and hope to a dozen other people.
The brave mother may not be physically present among us today, but there will always remain a little bit of Kathleen in the hearts of all those she saved.
Source: GoFundMe page (In Honor of Kathleen Thorson and the Thorsons)