Every parent’s wish is for their children to be happy and healthy, and losing a child is the hardest thing ever. Unfortunately, Paul and Meagan Sobolik from Iowa saw their 22-month-old daughter leaving this world and saying the final goodbye and they were stricken with sadness and grief.
Their baby was perfectly healthy, and now, all of a sudden, little Coralynn “Cora” Eve Sobolik was declared brain dead.
In those times of sorrow, her parents decided to donate her organs so other people’s lives could be saved.
A video of Cora’s family members and hospital staff paying tribute to her was shared by her mother and it’s the most touching thing ever.
“You get to save three people,” the mother whispered to her tiny daughter. “I love you forever.”
Sweet Cora started feeling ill on April 19. Her aunt Melissa who set a GoFoundMe page for her niece wrote that Cora experienced troubles breathing.
That’s when her parents rushed her to Cresco Medical in Iowa. The doctors who admitted her believed it would be for the best if the girl is further treated at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Sadly, the girl’s heart stopped during the procedure of her sedation and intubation.
The doctors managed to make her heart pump again, after which she was transferred to Rochester.
There, the parents learned the devastating news. Cora suffered brain damage and at that point doctors couldn’t tell for sure whether the condition would improve.
During her first night at the hospital, Cora’s situation turned for the worse.
“In the middle of the night, Cora’s brain started to swell, and they did an emergency CAT scan,” Brevig wrote. “This test came back with the worst news ever. There was no coming back.”
The sweet soul was pronounced dead on Easter Sunday, April 21.
“When we knew that she wasn’t ever going to wake and that she was gone mentally, we knew that she would want her organs to help people in need,” Meagan Sobolik told People.
The video Meagan took warmed the hearts of all those people who got to see the little superhero going into surgery that would save people in desperate need of organs.
“I was speechless, and it was truly wonderful to see and feel so much love and support for our little girl,” Sobolik told People.
Her parents hope their daughter’s story would inspire others to register as organ donors.
“Even though Coralynn was so young, she made a huge impact on the world,” her obituary read.
“Coralynn was able to donate her heart and save a 1 year old little boy, her liver saved a 1 year old little girl, and her kidneys went to help a 41 year old lady.”
“When your child donates their organs, they live on in someone else [and] they are saving people that otherwise [might] not be saved without your child’s gifts,” Sobolik told People.
“Our daughter was absolutely the world to us. She was such a happy little girl and always laughing — her laugh was infectious.”
“Cora is our little superhero, and I believe is becoming an inspiration for millions of people and also helping to raise awareness for organ donation all over the world.”
Rest in peace sweet Cora. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!