As hard as the loss of their son River has been on Granger Smith and his wife Amber, Amber reveals in a new Instagram post that some good has come out of it. Following the three-year-old’s accidental drowning death the couple donated River’s organs, which went on to help save the lives of two people.
Amber writes that she always wanted to be an organ donor, but, “never in a million years did I think I would be making that decision for my baby.” She explains that when doctors told her there was no chance River would recover, “I thought, how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help others?” noting, “His body is perfect, his organs are perfect, we had to do something. There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives.”
It took a while before the couple found out if River’s organs helped anyone, but Amber shares, “We got the letter that our tiny, red-headed hero gave life to 2 adults. A 49-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man. I cried when we opened it. Cried out of sadness & cried out of love.”