The Advocate - Baton Rouge | Ellyn Couvillion
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Young organ donor enables others to live ‘normal’
In life, Cristine Hadley, a hazel-eyed, vibrant 21-year-old, loved children, kittens and puppies and was much loved by her younger siblings and cousins.
In death, Hadley, who had designated herself as an organ donor on her driver’s license, saved the lives of six people.
“She accomplished a lot, in death, that some people never accomplish” in their lifetimes, her mother, Monica Chambless, said.
Four days before Christmas 2010, Hadley was struck by a car as she walked alongside a road with one of her brothers in Ascension Parish.
She was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and later died of head injuries.
Six people received lifesaving organs in the wake of the tragedy.