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Organ Recipient Meets Mother of Deceased Boy Donator

Aired May 22, 2000 - 1:57 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, now we want to bring you the story of a California woman whose life was saved by a critical organ donation.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: She owes her life to an 8-year-old boy.

Here's CNN's Anne McDermott with the story.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ANNE MCDERMOTT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Sue Gaetzman is an actress and writer currently starring in a one-woman show at a small theater in Los Angeles. A few years back, though, you could see her at the movies. That's her in "The Doctor," and in "Memories of Me," and "8 Million Ways to Die." Then she got sick.

Gaetzman, it turned out, needed a new pancreas and a kidney, which is when Brent Adams came into her life. The 8-year-old was killed in a car crash last year and his organs were donated to a lot of different people, including Sue Gaetzman.

SUE GAETZMAN, ORGAN RECIPIENT: I pray to him, I thank him, I talk to him, you know.

MCDERMOTT: And she's also in contact with Brent's mother. Toni Adams initiated their correspondence so she could tell the actress all about her young son.

TONI ADAMS, MOTHER OF BRENT ADAMS: It's a chance for, you know, Brent to still be here in some ways.

MCDERMOTT: Which doesn't make the loss of Brent any easier.

ADAMS: No, in fact, my husband and I were just talking about it the other night, that it's still not real.

MCDERMOTT: Gaetzman knows something about that. Her husband, just three years ago, died of cancer. But now, she says, she is learning to be happy again. The gift of Brent is part of that, and so is her growing friendship with Toni Adams. Never mind that they'd never met face-to-face, but they were close enough for Gaetzman to tell Adams about the play she'd written, a one-woman show called "Blood Sugar," a play dedicated to the memory of 8-year-old Brent.

GAETZMAN: For he is me.

MCDERMOTT: But then, during the applause, there was Toni Adams, and suddenly, the two women were face-to-face, and for a moment anyway, the two correspondents had no words.

Anne McDermott, CNN, Los Angeles.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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ALLEN: Yes, I tell you, nice story.

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