Ten-year-old girl honored for organ donations that will save six lives
The family of a ten-year-old girl killed in a car accident made the brave and selfless decision to donate her organs, potentially saving six lives and helping a further 75.
The incident which ended Francine Salaza's life took place on August 7 after her mother took a different route driving her and her siblings home from an after school program.
Francine's mother had taken the route because she had planned to surprise her children with ice cream.
Horrifyingly, on the way, their car collided with a van in Tulare County, California, it was revealed on the family's GoFundMe page. ABC 7 reported that the van hit at a speed of between 60 and 70 miles an hour.
Following the accident, Francine was declared brain dead, leaving her family with no option but to chose when to turn off her life support.
But they wanted the 10-year-old's death not to be in vain, and chose to donate her organs. The Donor Network West revealed to ABC7 that this decision would save up to six people and help a further 75.
This is Francine's heartbreaking Honor Walk:
The Health Resources and Services Administration reported that there are currently 113,000 people on the organ transplant list and because of a shortage of donors, 20 pass away every day while waiting for a transplant.
"Francine's final act of kindness is donating her organs to those in need," the GoFundMe page revealed.
"My daughter is a caring, loving, selfless person, and she would help everybody before herself," Hanah Salazar told ABC 7.
The honor walk featured above was the first-ever at Valley Children's Hospital.
Francine's stepfather, Blake, thanked those who cared for her, saying: "We know that Francine was given the best care here you could ever imagine."
Since the tragedy, Francine's family have set up a GoFundMe to help cover her medical expenses and funeral costs. At the time of writing, it has raised almost $18,000.