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Dec 4, 2009 8:05 PM by Jim Hummel

Organ Recipient and Donor's Family Reunite

The Leger family and McBride family live hundreds of miles from each other, but they're connected by one heart. Nine year old Peter McBride, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was just five years old when he received a heart transplant. The heart came from three year old Devan Leger, who was killed in a car accident as he and his family evacuated for Hurricane Rita.

"His life would have ended that day, and he's living all over," said Devan's mother Christie Leger.

When Devan was declared brain-dead, the Leger family says they never thought twice about donating his organs.

"They just knew that there was someone who needed a heart and they knew that there was a mother out there who was praying for it," said Peter's mother Sarah McBride.

The two families were reunited Friday as Lafayette General Medical Center received a national medal of honor for their commitment and success with organ donation. It was LGMC, with the help of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, which matched the Leger family with the McBride family.

LOPA officials gave Peter and Devan's brother Tyler medals as well, but they both decided to give their medals to LGMC CEO David Callecod. When asked why he gave his medal away, Peter replied, "It was for the hospital."

If you'd like information on becoming a donor or to register as a donor you can go to LOPA's website here.

Jim Hummel

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