An infant who died in New Jersey due to a car crash has saved lives after her organs were donated to three other children.
Jamie Yarrish along with her 12-month-old daughter Jaelynn suffered critical injuries in a multi-vehicle collision on August 25, the Daily Voice reported.
Though Yarrish, 25, is expected to make a full recovery after suffering multiple fractures and a brain bleed, her child tragically died from her injuries days after the accident. Jaelynn’s cousin Kimmy Laverty told the outlet on Tuesday that the young girl’s organs were donated to save three other lives.
“Jaelynn is a hero,” Laverty said. “She saved three children who are no longer in need of organs and life saving surgeries. These three children have been blessed with beauty and a loving soul. Let us hold our families tight as we can not see the future and won’t know when our time is to come.”
Yarrish was driving with Jaelynn on Route 3 in Clifton when her Honda Civic was hit by a Mack Conventional Cab dump truck, which led to her car to crash into another vehicle, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. In the interim, the dump truck collided with a fourth car in the incident.
Both the mother and daughter were transported to a local hospital, where Yarrish was then admitted into the intensive care unit while Jaelynn was placed in a medically induced coma — according to a GoFundMe campaign set up in support of the family.
“Jamie is a single mother who has been working full time to provide her daughter with unconditional love and support. Growing up she was a star athlete and always putting her family before anything she ever had,” a description for the page read. “This road to recovery will not be easy but when we all come together we always make things work.”
Last Thursday, an update said that Jaelynn was “showing signs of major brain damage” and “causing medical staff to question her abilities coming out of the medically-induced coma.”
Laverty posted to the GoFundMe last Tuesday how Jaelynn had passed away. “Rest in the sweetest of peace Baby Jae,” she shared. “Please keep the family in your prayers. Jamie is doing well and is on her road to recovery.”
The crash came just a little more than a week after Jaelynn celebrated her first birthday. In a Facebook post shared days before the incident, Yarrish called her daughter a “happy little one year old.”
“It’s safe to say Jaelynn had a fantastic 1st birthday! Thank you to everyone who came to the party and made it amazing. And thank you to everyone who wished her a happy birthday,” she wrote. “I wasn’t able to get many photos due to chasing my happy little one year old around but many fun memeories [sic] were created and we took pictures of her opening her presents (not the greatest lol she wouldn’t sit still ????) so we can share our happiness and thank for all the love!”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.