Kim Farias

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It was during her sixth month of pregnancy at just 34 years of age that Kim Farias of Roseville, a former sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, discovered she had a deadly heart condition – cardiomyopathy. One month after her diagnosis, Kim and Norm Farias’ baby girl was born – 11 weeks prematurely at just 2 pounds 15 ounces. While the baby was healthy, Kim’s condition worsened. Ten days after giving birth, her heart stopped and she was placed on a ventricular assistance device for 23 days. She clung to life, hoping she would receive a life-saving transplant in time and be able to raise her little girl. On July 1, 1992, Kim did receive the heart of a young woman who had been gunned down in an armed robbery. The woman’s parents made the decision to donate her organs and tissues – giving life to Kim and others.  “My family and I know that if it wasn’t for the gift of love from a family I had never met, I would not be here today,” says Kim. “My daughter would have grown up never knowing her mother’s love. I can now raise the daughter I always wanted. I am so thankful. The donor and their family will forever hold a special place in our hearts, and we will always think of them with love.”