Tyler Mom Donates Son's Liver, Meets Recipient For The First Time
In a room full of supporters and friends, one life brought two more together.
"There's not a day [that] passes that I don't think about this mother," said Franklin Cobb. "I feel like, at this time, I'm a part of her." It's life, Cobb said he's grateful for. Charisse Smith said her son, Ben was 18-years-old when he died from respiratory failure.
"He had a good heart, and a good soul," said Smith. Charisse said Ben was funny and always made her laugh. A part of Ben is still alive, today. Two days after he passed away, Franklin Cobb received a new liver, donated by Ben's mother.
"Many times, people don't get an organ, and I was one of the lucky ones," said Cobb. For the first time, Franklin was able to say thank you, in person, and in a way, he was able to come face to face with the young man and family who gave him the gift of renewed life.
"I've got a few problems, but no liver problems," said Cobb as he looked at photos of Ben. "It's wonderful to have life again."
"This is someone that I've been praying for for a year and half," said Smith. She said she's just happy the transplant was a success and her son's liver was able to help someone. Ben's eyes, heart and tissue were also donated to other recipients.
Both Charisse and Franklin said they were appreciative of the life Ben once lived. They are also thankful for the chance someone else was able to continue living.
"Something good has to come out of losing your child, and this is the good that's come out of it," said Smith.