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Kristina Chesterman's organs save three lives

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Oct 01 2013 08:38:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 01 2013 02:00:00 AM CDT
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Kristina Chesterman

CHICO, Calif. -

The organs of a 21-year-old Chico State student killed by an alleged drunk driver have saved three lives.

It was Kristina Chesterman's wish to have her organs donated if anything happened to her and Kristina's mother told us how they are saving lives

Consider this the silver lining in a heartbreaking tragedy.  Sandra Chesterman told me this morning that two babies and a family friend had their lives saved- thanks to Kristina's donation.

She says that two babies in the bay area were each given parts of Kristina's liver and a family friend received one of her kidneys.  One baby was supposed to receive a donation from a parent - but the match wasn't right.

The other baby had liver cancer and was quickly saved.  Sandra also said that her sister-in-law's friend has been on dialysis for a very long time, but now he was able to check out of the hospital.

Sandra says- she is extremely proud of her daughter.

"We are so incredibly proud of Kristina because she wanted to be a nurse,” said Sandra Chesterman.   “She wanted to heal people and when she turned 18, she went to the donor website.  She signed up to this. So, even though she's not with us on Earth, she's still saving lives and that means more to us that anyone could ever imagine."

Sandra said Kristina's heart was donated to Stanford University.  Sandra says all the recipients are doing great.