Two-year-old cancer patient meets her organ donor


It was a magical moment at a Pittsburgh children’s hospital.

A two-year-old cancer patient got the chance to meet the person who saved her life. 

“She looks great! You look beautiful. I love your bow!”

It was pure joy on the faces of Joseph and Courtney Osborn as they laid eyes on Emily Smith.

“It’s so cool following all the pictures you know and then you see her move. She looks good! Look at those eyes. Hello.”

Two-year-old Emily had a cancerous tumor on her liver.

“Unfortunately, she went through five rounds of chemotherapy that didn’t take care of that tumor. Her only option to survive was to get a new liver.”

Joseph did not know the family, but wanted to help.

“It was one of those things where it was like the Lord loves her and the Lord values her and I’m going to stand in agreement with that.”

“Oh my gosh. There are no words to even describe it. It gives you chills just talking about it. I mean that was a huge surgery. I had to look into all the living donor stuff for our own purposes too. That was a huge surgery that he undertook for a complete stranger.”

The prognosis for both patients is very good. 

“She’s getting ready to go home. So we’re excited! And she’s finally cancer-free, so that’s exciting too.”

A new life, thanks to her new and now life-long friend, Joseph.

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