Heart-breaking images have captured the moment when a brain-dead baby is driven into surgery to donate its organs.
Coralynn Sobolik, 22 months, was expelled by her mother, Meagan Sobolik, 29, who said: & You can save three people. I will always love you & # 39 ;.
In the tearing video, doctors and nurses stand along the corridors to honor Coralynn as they sing Amazing Grace.
Coralynn, from New Hampton, Iowa, was declared brain dead the day before after a five-day fight with a virus.
Complications of the disease meant that she had suffered three cardiac arrests before being declared brain dead.
Three people are rescued by Coralynn, whose life support was deported on April 22 before she gave her heart, liver, and kidneys.
Coralynn Sobolik, who was one year old, had her life support turned off on April 29. Pictured with her father, Paul Sobolik, 32, when she was a healthy baby
In the tear-jerk video, doctors and nurses bury the corridors at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester, to honor Coralynn while singing Amazing Grace (photo)
Mrs. Sobolik, assisted by Coralynn's father, Mr. Sobolik, can be heard saying: "I love you forever, you are the best thing that ever happened to me"
Mrs. Sobolik, assisted by Coralynn's father, Paul Sobolik (32), can be heard saying, "I love you forever, you are the best thing that ever happened to me."
Coralynn can be seen with a knitted hat with daisies on and connected to dozens of threads.
Mrs. Sobolik had nothing but praise for staff who flocked around her daughter as she made her last journey to save the lives of three others.
She said: & # 39; I don't know if there is a word for more than phenomenal, but the hospital staff was exactly that.
& # 39; They treated us like they were our family.
& # 39; It was such a moving moment and I am so moved that Coralynn has touched so many lives. & # 39;
Mrs. Sobolik has shared the video on Facebook for family members outside the US to view it.
She was shocked when she discovered that the clip quickly became a viral sensation and was viewed more than nine million times.
The grieving mother said: I am so grateful that Coralynn can live on.
& # 39; We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from people around the world.
& # 39; It's great to know that our little girl has inspired so much. & # 39;
Coralynn fell ill and was taken to the hospital, but when she arrived, she struggled to breathe. Pictured above, unclear what age
A death notice for Carolynn said she was naughty and loved the song & # 39; Baby Shark & # 39;
The grieving parents were determined not to let her death be in vain and ensured that her heart, liver and kidneys were donated to others in need. The video shows her last moments (photo)
Mrs. Sobolik said: & # 39; Coralynn now has an inheritance that can live through these three different people & # 39 ;. Pictured, the nurses and doctors walking along the corridors
Mr. and Mrs. Sobolik, who have two other children, Maycee and Oliver, whose age is unknown, were determined not to let Coralynn's death be in vain.
WHAT IS PARAINFLUENZA?
Human para-influenza viruses (HPIVs) often cause upper and lower respiratory tract disorders in infants, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems, but anyone can become infected.
After you get infected, it takes about two to seven days for you to develop symptoms.
Symptoms of upper respiratory tract disorders may include fever, runny nose, and cough.
Symptoms of severe lower respiratory tract disorders may include croup, bronchitis, or pneumonia.
Human para-influenza viruses (HPIV & # 39; s) usually spread from an infected person to others.
There is no specific antiviral treatment for HPIV disease. Most people with an HPIV disease recover automatically.
If your symptoms are severe or do not improve, you should consult a doctor.
They decided to donate her heart, liver and kidneys to others in need.
Her heart went to a one-year-old boy, while her liver went to a one-year-old girl.
Her kidneys were given to a 41-year-old woman.
Mrs. Sobolik said: & I would like to encourage everyone to think about organ donation.
& # 39; Whether it is your mother, brother or small, you have the choice to continue their legacy.
& # 39; Coralynn now has an inheritance that can live through these three different people. & # 39;
When Coralynn fell ill on April 17, she was taken to the hospital two days later where doctors discovered she was having trouble breathing.
She had caught parainfluenza, a virus that causes breathing problems.
Just before she was transferred to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, she collapsed and medical staff performed 25 minutes of CPR.
They were able to stabilize her and therefore brought her to Mayo.
Here doctors said the results of her echocardiogram – looking at the heart – were good. But a CAT scan showed that the little girl had brain damage.
Doctors thought she would get up, but didn't know how bad she would be.
On Coralynn's GoFundMe page, Ms. Sobolik's sister Melissa Brevig wrote: & # 39; Nobody cares if she would be different, we all wanted her to wake up and see us again. & # 39;
But in the middle of the night, Coralynn's brain started to swell and an emergency CAT scan showed she was brain dead.
This meant that she would never regain consciousness and support her own breathing.
Mrs. Brevig wrote: & # 39; No return was possible. Meagan and Paul had to make the most difficult decision of their lives.
& # 39; Cora is going to undergo surgery and she will save three people and give someone's baby with a very strong heart. & # 39;
The GoFundMe account raising money for the little girl's funeral has raised more than £ 1,700.
A necrology for Coralynn, born on July 18, 2017, reads: & # 39; Coralynn also had a naughty side. She was known for stealing her big sister's Barbie dolls and pouring out Lucky Charms for the marshmallows.
& # 39; She loved blowing bubbles outside and chasing cats and puppies. She loved hot tubs, wore her boots (or the shoes of someone she fitted in) and listened to & # 39; Baby Shark & # 39 ;.
& # 39; She was a sweet little girl, who loved to kiss and laugh contagiously. She enjoyed watching the school bus and often asked, "Where & # 39; s Sissy?" & # 39;
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE DEAD?
Brain death (also known as brain stem death) is when a person no longer has brain functions on an artificial life support machine. This means that they no longer regain consciousness or can breathe without support.
Someone who is brain dead is legally declared dead. They have no chance of recovery because their bodies cannot survive without artificial life support.
Brain death is the irreversible cessation of the function of the entire brain, and worldwide, including the UK and the US, this means that the person has died.
It can be confusing to hear that someone has brain death because their life-supporting machine will make their heart beat and their chest will continue to rise and fall with each breath of the ventilator.
But they will never regain consciousness or start breathing again independently.
Brain death can be the result of a serious traumatic brain injury, stroke or prolonged resuscitation after a cardiac arrest.
After brain death, the person may be able to donate his organs and save the lives of other people.
In cases where a deceased person has not made his wishes clear, partners or family members must make a difficult decision.
In the year 2017-2018 there were 955 people in the UK who donated their organs after brain death.
In 2018 there were a total of 17,553 donors in the US, of which 10,722 died donors.
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