Mom Jamie Johnson was filled with grief after her 15-year-old son, Jacob, was killed in a hit-and-run accident five years ago. The horrific incident occurred a mere eight weeks after Johnson took her son to the DMV to get his learner's permit.
When Jacob went to the DMV, he made an important decision after having a serious conversation with his mom.
He chose to be an organ donor.
The decision gave Johnson a small glimmer of happiness while she was dealing with the grief of her son's death. The Texas mom explained to Frank Somerville at KTVU how Jacob's organ donation was able to save four people: One person received his liver, one received his heart, and two others received a kidney each.
Johnson was recently able to meet Logan who received Jacob's heart.
Logan was only 15 at the time he received the transplant. When Johnson met Logan, she explained that this is something that her son would have wanted. She also stated that she and Logan had a powerful connection despite just meeting, "I laid my head on his chest and could hear Jacobs heart beat. We spent the day together and I honestly felt like I had known him all of his life!"
Johnson told Somerville that Jacob wanted to be a hero so this is a fitting way to honor his memory.
"He dreamed of being an army ranger. He wanted to be a hero and ultimately he is! The greatest hero they never met is the organ donor that saved their life!"
Organ donations are truly one of the simplest ways people can be heroes. Somerville points out in his post that 22 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. While the National Kidney Foundation reported that there are 121,678 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. alone. Giving the gift of life to someone else, like Jacob did, is a gesture that is as inspiring and helpful as they come.
For information on how to register as an organ donor please visit OrganDonor.Gov.