Pittsburgh, PA—At just eight years old, Kyree Beachem underwent a triple organ transplant as a result of Hirschsprung's disease, an illness that deteriorates the muscle lining of the colon.
The family rejoiced that a donor was found, but mourned for the child whose death made the surgeries possible.
“I couldn’t wish for that call, because I knew that for us to get that call what had to happen,” Nan Beachem, Kyree's mother said. “If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. But I couldn’t wish for somebody to lose a child. It wasn’t in my power to wish the transplant call would come.”
Nan was shocked to receive a Facebook message from a family who turned out to be the family of the Arianna, the girl who saved Kyree's life. Evelyn Morales, Arianna's mother, found Nan through a CNN story about Kyree's rare surgery.
The mothers became friends on Facebook and continue to swap uplifting words of hope.
"It is just nice to know that Arianna is still making a difference in the world,” her mother said.
“The word ‘Thank you’ doesn’t seem adequate. It is almost like it is unspoken between us. She knows how grateful I am,” Beachem said. “I think that Arianna had a beautiful life, with a beautiful family, and we hope to carry that on with Kyree.”