The death of a 19-year-old South Korean exchange student living in Arizona has paved the way to save and improve the lives of 27 people from around the world.
Kim Yuna’s tragic death was the result of a car accident on January 21. She was in the back seat of a car that collided with another vehicle at an intersection.
The car was driven by her cousin who sustained leg fractures from the deploying airbags. Her younger sister, who was in the passenger seat, suffered similar injuries.
Unfortunately, Yuna had major injuries and was pronounced brain dead three days after the grim accident, The Hankyoreh reported.
Her Catholic parents flew from Korea to the U.S. immediately after hearing the news. As per Chosun, they then opted for organ donation after a difficult choice. Seven people received Yuna’s heart and vital organs, while 20 benefited from other viable parts such as skin and tissues.
In one of her letters for her daughter, Yuna’s mother wrote:
“In two months, it will be exactly one year since you went to heaven. I still keep waking up from sleep at 1 am in the morning, which is around the same time I received the news of your accident. But the fact that there are people in this world who found new lives thanks to your organs is like you are being resurrected through their lives. Your mom and dad do not regret the donations one bit. We did good, right?”
Yuna arrived in the U.S. in May 2014 to study at the Tri-City Christian Academy in Chandler, Arizona. She studied English and Spanish in hopes of pursuing her dreams of becoming a flight attendant.
The alumnus of Ara Middle School in Jeju was apparently missed by schoolmates. One posted on Facebook, “She was such a cheerful and kind person. I can’t believe that she had a car accident in the US, or that she gave other people life in this way.”
Yuna’s 42-year-old aunt described her perfectly: “I think this happened so she could become an angel.”