ELBA, Ala. (WTVY) -- Twenty two years ago, a mother in Elba, Alabama lost her son. Her new year’s wish is to reconnect with some of the six people who got his organs.
“I have an angel in heaven and I call him Adam,” said Melanie Bledsoe.
Back in December of 1995, Bledsoe lost her son, Adam. He was just 12 years old.
She was also forced to make a tough decision that would impact six other lives. She decided to donate his organs and give other children another chance at life.
“When you know that your child is basically gone to heaven, the best thing you can try to do is try to help others,” she said.
She donated his heart, corneas, kidneys and liver. Bledsoe knows one boy who was able to graduate high school with Adam’s heart. Although the boy that received his heart passed away, he was able to live out the rest of his high school days.
“He wanted to be able to play sports because he loved sports. I believe he said around the age of 8, he got to where he couldn’t be physically active and through a letter from him and his mom, we know that he did actually graduate from high school and he was able to play basketball and run track, so we know that gave him two extra years of life,“ she explained.
Now, she is desperately trying to find the other four people that got Adam's organs and needs the community's help.
“If any one received a cornea or a kidney around that date, maybe this will ring a bell and they can get in touch with the Alabama Organ Donor Center or the Alabama Eye Bank and we can exchange addresses and hopefully reconnect," Bledsoe said.
Although Adam lives on in other places, he will always hold a special place in his mother's heart and their home through their memory tree.
More than anything Melanie and Ashley, his sister, want to meet the organ recipients face-to-face.