A few moments ago I read this soul soaring story on AOL News, Hugh Collins, contributor, titled Christina Green Organ Donation Saves Boston Girl. http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/15/christina-green-organ-donation-saves-boston-girl/?icid=maing%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk5%7C36655
The article states that the family of Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl murdered by Jared Lee Loughner last Saturday at the “Congress On Your Corner” event in Tucson, had donated some of her organs and had already saving another child’s life. Some of the organs went to a little girl in Boston, CNN reported.
In a statement infused with grace that illustrates the greatest nobility of the species, John Green, Christina’s father, told CNN, “It was very poignant to find out. That’s what Christina was all about. It’s a blessing.”
The article mentioned that mourners at Christina’s funeral entered beneath the National 9/11 Flag, a massive patchwork of fabric rescued from the Twin Towers. A New York firefighter brought the flag to Tucson to honor Christina, according to the Arizona Republic. Christina was born on September 11, 2001.
Few narratives have greater poignancy or so easily cause the eyes to dampen.
Several thoughts occurred to me as I read the article. One related to the infinite grace exhibited by the Green family for taking actions that did and will save lives. I don’t like thinking these thoughts, and, frankly, thinking them causes me to shiver, but imagine your little baby is gunned down and a day or two later a representative of an agency calls you and asks for parts of your child’s body. The event has a ghoulish quality, does it not?
Yet, the process saves lives. The parents had to have exercised extraordinary discipline and must have struggled valiantly to maintain focus on the larger noble ideal while they are in the throes and depths of the most devastating tempestuous intersection of thoughts and feelings and anger and grief.
I thought of the example I discussed in my Compassion chapter of Rex donating bone marrow that saved the life of the son of one of my best friends. The distinction, of course, is that Rex’s gift was not the consequence of a despicable tragedy.
Another thought related to the extraordinary technological achievement of transporting organs from Tucson, Arizona to Boston, Massachusetts so that they may be used to save a life. So many skills and technologies were involved, and all had to operate synchronously and perfectly.
Of course, equally extraordinary are the skills and knowledge of all persons involved—doctors nurses, technicians—that preserved the organs and did and will do the surgical procedures.
I thought about the extraordinary society we have that inspires and motivates the mastery of such intellectual expertise and the development of such extraordinary technologies. We have a remarkable country, indeed. To be sure, as I relate in my book, I, too, am a direct beneficiary of such stunning medical achievement.
So the life of a beautiful inspiring youngster has been extinguished by a monstrous man who many people knew was monstrous before he acted like a monster last week.
One can rage at the winds and howl with anger and after that, dedicate one’s self to stopping present monsters from acting monstrously.
I do hope there is a heaven and that little Christina is splashing in puddles and laughing and giggling in its glory and splendor. However, I am reminded of John F. Kennedy’s words spoken in his Inaugural Address made almost half a century ago to the day, “For here on Earth, God’s work must truly be our own.”
With infinite prayers for the Green family.