Organ donation allowed life to come from tragic death

On Dec. 12, 27-year-old Dollar Bay resident Sanaz Nezami passed away inside Marquette General Hospital, the victim of an alleged domestic assault by her husband, Nima Nassiri, 34.

But Nezami’s story does not end with death.

Her story lives on through every breath taken by the person who received her lungs, through every day lived by the people who received her kidneys, pancreas, liver, heart and intestines.

Nezami’s story lives on through every heartbeat experienced by a 12-year-old girl.

Her death, caused by head trauma from the alleged assault, was a tragic one to be sure, but Nezami was able to save the lives of seven other people through organ donation.

In speaking with those who knew who her, what happened as result of such violence is just what Nezami would have wanted.

The feelings of her family and of the nurses who cared for her are vividly portrayed in Saturday’s front page story, “Tragic death saves lives,” penned by Journal Staff Writer Zach Jay.

In it, we hear how Nezami’s family, still living in her home country of Iran, was able to say its final goodbyes. We hear how much Nezami was loved.

We also hear how communities half a world away from each other – separated by geography, by culture, by language – can come together to honor a person both loved and barely known by the people involved in her care.

We hear the beautiful story of an ICU nurse stroking the hair of a person she hardly knows at the request of a family seeing its loved one for the last time through a computer screen.

Both heart wrenching and heart warming, it is a testament to the ties that bind us all together as creatures capable of love.

It is Nezami’s story.