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Life lost saves the life of 6-year-old Putnam girl

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A life lost ended up saving the life of a 6-year-old Putnam girl.

Harlow Tucker’s life was saved when she was able to get a kidney transplant from a donor who was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Now her family is hoping to help the family who helped them.

Harlow’s grandmother said the 6-year-old was close to being put on dialysis until they got the news she would be getting a kidney, but it was under the expense of another family losing a loved one.

On Saturday, David Triete was in a motorcycle crash and was declared brain dead.

Triete was Harlow’s cousin’s husband, and he had expressed wanting to help the family, before the crash, but because of his work in the military and having a brain injury, he was put at the bottom of the donor list.

Harlow got Triete’s kidney earlier this week.

“They told us, the minute they unclamped David's kidney it started working...and was doing what it was supposed to be doing before she left the operating room,” Lisa Tucker said.

Harlow was born without a kidney due to a rare genetic disorder. Doctors said she would need a kidney by the age of 2 years old. Four years later, she got a kidney she desperately needed.

“It's a roller coaster. Our family is so joyful and it's amazing and she's going so well and we can't thank them enough,” Tucker said.

Now the Tucker family wants to help Triete’s family, as they feel they can never repay them.

“We just are feeling so blessed. It’s amazing,” Tucker said.

Triete was an organ donor, so at least four other patients were given organs as well. He leaves behind a wife and three children, with one child at just 5 weeks old.

For more information on the fundraisers set up for the donor’s family, click here.

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