Woman's Christmas Eve Death Gives Four Others Gift of Life

The sudden death of a 24-year-old Florida mother on Christmas Eve gave four other people the gift of life, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Ever since she was a young girl, Erika Castillo-Sanchez wanted to donate her organs to save others should anything happen to her, family members said.

On Christmas Eve, the Ocala, Fla. woman died as the result of a blood clot in her brain. She left behind a fiance and a 6-month-old son. Doctors immediately found recipients for the women's lungs, liver and kidneys.

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Because of privacy laws, Gainesville, Fla.-based LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services could not give the woman's family specifics on the women who received the organs, Castillo-Sanchez's sister-in-law, Terri Martinez told the Sentinel.

What is known is that the lungs went to a 20-year-old who was on a ventilator and not expected to live through the day; the kidneys went to a 59-year-old and a 42-year-old; and the liver went to a 20-year-old.