A 3-year Nebraska girl who died of brain cancer helped two Pennsylvania children.
Olivia Swedberg was known for her vibrant personality but she was diagnosed in May with terminal brain cancer known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, which has a zero percent survival rate.
Her family knew they needed to live life to fullest, since Olivia’s condition deteriorated quickly. They went on a Disney cruise while they had still time.
Lucas lives in the Pittsburgh area, his family was praying for a miracle because he had only weeks to live. Olivia’s mother saw 2-year-old Lucas Goeller’s story on Facebook and messaged his mother in Pittsburgh telling her she wanted to give him Olivia’s liver.
Then, Olivia’s family arranged for a direct organ donation to Lucas, and her liver was the miracle he heeded.
“You look at those pictures and you look into her eyes and it’s like her soul is coming,” Jessica Goeller, Lucas’ mother, said. “It takes a very strong person to step out of that and show love for someone like our donor family did.”
Another boy named Angelo Giorno received a transplant from Olivia as well. The 4-year-old born with his intestines outside his body, a condition known as short gut syndrome. Luckily, he received Olivia’s intestine and spleen.
“She is an amazing little girl and we will miss her so terrible, but I know that – I have renewed faith – I have seen God’s hands work in this and how could I not move forward knowing what a miracle she was to these praying families,” Swedberg said.