by Cassandra R. Elias
In the Spotlight: Parents Donate Toddler's Organs to Save Lives of Others
Eric and Amanda Trant are mourning the unexpected death of their 18-month-old son, Dastan. However, they're also finding comfort knowing his death saved at least three people.
Their little boy died quite suddenly. The active redhead was playing in the park with his mother when he had an unexplained seizure and died later at the hospital after a valiant two day fight.
"When they say things happen in the blink of an eye, it literally does," Amanda Trant said.
Although they mourn the loss of its youngest, the family of five finds joy in the big decision they made. They donated little Dastan's organs, giving three strangers a second chance at life.
Dastan's heart went to a 2-month-old girl. His liver was donated to a 1-year-old girl and a 68-year-old woman now has his kidneys.
"I think of the three lives that he saved," Amanda Trant said.
"I think it does give you something to pray for, something to hope for, besides just simply sitting around, mourning," Eric Trant added.
Their north Texas neighborhood is rallying around them and showing support of organ donation by tying green ribbons -- the color of organ donation awareness -- around the community. The support does not stop in their neighborhood, The Colony.
"We have aunts and uncles and cousins in San Diego that are tying green ribbons around their trees. My mom lives out near Tyler. She has a green ribbon around her tree," Amanda mentioned.
It is this awareness and the people who Dastan saved that are making the 18-month-old a hero.
"To be able to at least prolong him in some way is magical because there's a chance to hear his heart again one day or see some little girl live because of him or see a grandma who can continue her years with a toddler's kidneys in her," Eric Trant said tearfully.
This week the Trants found out that all three transplant operations were successful.
"Just felt like the gates of heaven have opened up and told us everything was going to be okay," said Amanda Trant.
What do you think about this remarkable family? Are you an organ donator?