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Gift of life

After tragedy, organ donor lives on

Couple befriends family of child who got their son’s liver

John and Barbara Powers of Glenville lost their son Jeffery, at 22 years of age,in Worcester, MA as a result of head trauma suffered during a tragic, accidental fall in 2008. At the time of his death, the family donated his heart, kidneys, pancreas and liver to the New England Organ Bank.
The family has connected with a young girl, Caitlin Downey of Weymouth Mass who received Jeffery's kidneys and partial liver that same year.
Here they look at pictures of Caitlin from trips to Weymouth in recent years.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
John and Barbara Powers of Glenville lost their son Jeffery, at 22 years of age,in Worcester, MA as a result of head trauma suffered during a tragic, accidental fall in 2008. At the time of his death, the family donated his heart, kidneys, pancreas and liver to the New England Organ Bank. The family has connected with a young girl, Caitlin Downey of Weymouth Mass who received Jeffery's kidneys and partial liver that same year. Here they look at pictures of Caitlin from trips to Weymouth in recent years.
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Five years ago, John and Barbara Powers of Glenville got the phone call every parent dreads. On May 3, 2008, their 22-year-old son, Jeffrey, was critically injured after a fall from a three-story building in Worcester, Mass. The couple raced to University of Massachusetts General Hospital and kept a mostly silent vigil over their son, who had suffered head trauma and damaged lungs, for the next two days. Then the doctor told them Jeffrey’s brain ...


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