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Family of organ donor meets those she saved

ANNANDALE, Va. (WUSA9) -- In the D.C. metropolitan area, there are about 2,100 people waiting for an organ transplant. On average, three of those people die each week because there are not enough organs to go around.

Despite those startling statistics, many people are thriving thanks to the generosity of organ donors like Stacie Farmer.

Stacie died in 2010 after she was hit by a car while riding her bike in West Virginia. Her sister, Lisa Farmer, remembers Stacie talking about donating her organs if she ever passed away.

Even if the thought of doing so seemed impossible.

“[I said] Stacie that's not going to happen. We will grow old together and have babies at the same time," Lisa Farmer said. 

Fighting back tears, Stacie's mother and sister met three of Stacie's organ donation recipients Monday.

Meeting between the Farmers and the organ recipients

Sherri Halstead received Stacie's left kidney and pancreas after being on the donor waiting list for years.

“I'd pass out without warning. I'd get so low that it could have killed me at any time,” Halstead said. 

And if it wasn't for Stacie's liver, 2-year-old Saira would not be here either. Her mother needed the transplant in order to give birth.

In the end, the 24-year old was able to donate seven of her organs.

“If she was physically here in the room she would say 'Mom that's so cool wow I did that wow that's really cool,'” Kathy Farmer, Stacie’s mom said.  

“She is the most wonderful person I've ever known about,” Halstead said. 

Anyone interested in becoming an organ donor can learn more here.   

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