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Orlando Health – Two Lives, One Heart: The Brooke Dawkins Story #BrookeStrong

Two years ago today, Brooke Dawkins, a 19-year-old UCF student, was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle near the UCF campus. Two Lives, One Heart: The Brooke Dawkins Story – #BrookeStrongTwo years ago today, Brooke Dawkins, a 19-year-old UCF student, was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle near the UCF campus. “Two Lives, One Heart: #BrookeStrong” illustrates the positive impact that organ donation can have on the lives of others. Follow Brooke’s story, from the time she registered as an organ donor to the very special reunion between her family and heart transplant recipient Carol Wright.

 

“Two Lives, One Heart: #BrookeStrong” illustrates the positive impact that organ donation can have on the lives of others. Follow Brooke’s story, from the time she registered as an organ donor to the very special reunion between her family and heart transplant recipient Carol Wright.

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)

Carol Wright, from Wisconsin, was close to dying two years ago, and she desperately needed a heart. She got one.

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The heart belonged to the beautiful daughter of Chris and Laura Dawkins, of Orlando.  “I know she’s looking down and proud of the gift she was able to give,” says Laura.

On a February day at Orlando International Airport, Carol would get the opportunity to meet the Dawkins Family.  “I can’t wait to hear her heart. I can’t wait to put my ear on her chest and hear my daughter’s heart,” Laura explains.
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The BROOKESTRONG Foundation

was created in honor of our 19 year-old daughter, Brooke Elizabeth Dawkins, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida and a sister of the Kappa Delta sorority. On February 23, 2014, Brooke was struck by a vehicle while crossing Alafaya Trail near the UCF campus. As a result of the accident, Brooke suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and was treated in the Intensive Care Unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

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During treatment for her TBI, Brooke’s medical team discovered a ruptured aneurysm in her brain, which was surgically repaired.  The doctors and nursing staff at Orlando Regional Medical Center worked tirelessly to provide a positive outcome for our Brooke. Tragically, her injuries were too severe and resulted in a complete and irreversible loss of brain function. On March 5, 2014 with family at her bedside, Brooke earned her wings.

Brooke was a registered organ donor and her family honored her wish. Through the coordinated efforts of doctors, nurses, Translife Organ and Tissue Donation Services, and the love of God, Brooke’s donation of her heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and both corneas have given others the gift of life and sight.

The BROOKESTRONG Foundation has been established as an eternal tribute to Brooke. The Foundation was created exclusively for the purposes authorized under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

BROOKESTRONG is dedicated to saving and improving lives by increasing organ donor registries.
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