Family finds late daughter had breast cancer, can't donate organs
A New York area family wanted to donate their 26-year-old daughter's organs once they learned she was brain dead after an accident -- but they then found out they weren't able to.
"You think it can't get any worse, then, wham. I feel like I've been thrown up against a wall," the mother told WKBW.
Jessica McDivitt had been declared brain dead after she was hit by a truck while walking down a dark road in Town of Niagara two days after Christmas.
Her mother Mildred then made the decision to keep her on life support in order to donate her organs. Then, doctors made a devastating discovery.
"They found a lump in her breast, and it turned out to be breast cancer," said Jessica's mother in an interview with WKBW.
Due to the breast cancer, doctors say Jessica's organs can't be donated.
According to The Buffalo News, the driver who hit Jessica was stopped and questioned at the scene, but only given a ticket for having an unregistered vehicle. Further charges are pending as Niagara county police investigate the accident.
Jessica died on January 2, and since then her family has set up a GoFundMe page to pay for her funeral. So far, the family has raised just under $7,000 of a $10,000 goal.
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