Shared grief: Donor’s family, organ recipient form unique bond


Members of Franklin resident Kirby Cochran's family and Tracy Driscoll's family release balloons in commemoration of Driscoll during a symbolic meeting May 25. Driscoll died of a brain aneurysm in January, and through organ donation, her liver was transplanted into Cochran, saving his life. The families have forged a strong relationship since then, and are working together to spread the word about the importance of organ donation. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Johnson County Sheriff's Office detective Kirby Cochran received a liver from a woman who died in a car crash. Now, Cochran has become close to his donor's children. Cochran poses with, from left, Haleigh Mann, Kyra Cochran and Kayla Mann. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

On one painful day in January, a life was lost while another was saved.

Tracy Driscoll had died from a brain aneurysm. The 41-year-old mother of three loved Facebook, updating her status multiple times throughout the day, posting pictures and using it to keep in touch with friends near and far. She was known for her generous spirit and her love for her dog.

And Driscoll emphasized the importance of organ donation to her family and friends. After her death, her children decided to honor her request and donate her organs.

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