125 Voices - Vicky Gerardi - Fifty Lives

Vicky Gerardi


It has been 22 years since my baby girl was born, I will never forget that day, because not only was it a day full of joy, but also filled with sorrow. You see my daughter was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. It is genetic, almost always fatal, we did not know what hit us. The first few hours of her life were filled with a lot of questions, decision making, and just trying to wrap our heads around the fact that our beautiful baby girl was going to die. Jessica Lynn, so precious, so small, yet such a special little soul. She touched so many lives in her brief stay on this earth. Jessica lived just 5 and 1/2 weeks, longer than almost any baby with this diagnosis, we knew she was special from the day she was born. She was destined to touch so many people. When Jessica died we were asked if we would be willing to donate her eyes and tissue. We agreed and she went on to help 10 others live through her gift of life! She helped people to see again, she helped people to live again. Though bittersweet it was a fulfilling thought to know that she helped and touched so many others. I still think of her every day, and miss her, but part of her lives on in 10 other people! That is the true miracle.