An Iowa family suffered a devastating loss when their 1-year-old toddler, baby Cora, died from complications of a virus infection. But the little girl has given hope and life to 2 children and an adult thanks to organ donation.
Paul and Meagan Sobolik experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. They has to bid goodbye to their baby girl, Coralynn “Cora” Eve Sobolik, after she was declared brain dead. Cora’s 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 on Facebook. In the heart-wrenching clip, hospital staff and family members lined the hallway singing ‘Amazing Grace’ as the tiny girl was wheeled into theater to save lives.
“You get to save three people,” the mother whispered to her tiny daughter. “I love you forever.”
Baby Cora started feeling unwell on April 19. On a GoFoundMe page Cora’s aunt, Melissa Brevig, had setup for her niece, she explained that Cora experienced troubles breathing. She was rushed to Cresco Medical in Iowa. The doctors who received her recommended she get treated at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
The toddler’s heart stopped during the procedure of her sedation and intubation but the doctors were able to make her heart pump again, after which she was transferred to Rochester. It was at Rochester that the parents were told their little Cora suffered brain damage. Doctors were not certain her condition would improve.
Cora’s situation got worse on her first night at the hospital. “In the middle of the night, Cora’s brain started to swell, and they did an emergency CAT scan. This test came back with the worst news ever. There was no coming back.” Brevig wrote.
Baby Cora was pronounced dead on Easter Sunday, April 21. Her parents decided they would donate her organs to people who desperately needed them. “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.
Meagan Sobolik filmed the touching moment in order to include family who could not be there in person, but the video ended up touching millions of lives with little Cora’s brave story.
“I was speechless, and it was truly wonderful to see and feel so much love and support for our little girl,” Sobolik told People.
The parents hope their child’s story would inspire others to register as organ donors. “Even though Coralynn was so young, she made a huge impact on the world. 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.” Her obituary read.
“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. Our daughter was absolutely the world to us. She was such a happy little girl and always laughing — her laugh was infectious.” Sobolik told People.
She added, “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 baby Cora. You truly are a superhero. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the grieving family.