Christmas is all about giving and sharing. It is the season of joy and joy only increases when shared and spread far and wide. We keep hearing of good deeds and good things that people do every day. No doubt, the world is full of people who are nothing short of angels on earth.
But today, we have three very special people for you- who have made this world such a better place by being kind, selfless and giving.
Dying Young Iranian Woman’s Gift of Life
27-year-old Sanaz Nezami died of head trauma allegedly caused by her husband earlier this month in Houghton County. But her death gave life to seven people after her family in Iran gave permission to the hospital to donate her organs.
Nezami was considered a rare "ideal donor" and five surgical teams from four states worked side by side in Marquette General Hospital and recovered her heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys and intestines for donation. Because of her small stature, some of her organs were used to save the lives of children - including her heart, which was transplanted in a 12-year-old girl.
But the story and the goodness of humanity doesn’t end here, the story of the last few days of Sanaz’ life, even though she was not conscious, are heart warningly magical.
Sanaz’ condition and how to get the information across to her family in Iran was a challenge in itself. Sanaz’ only relative was her husband, the alleged abuser; she had just recently moved to the States and hardly knew anyone here; to top it all off, US had no embassy in Iran.
It took a determined hospital staff to track Sanaz family through her resume that they had been able to track online and inform them of the tragedy.
Her resume also told the hospital staff how gifted and talented she was. She had degrees in Environmental Health Engineering and French translation, knowledge of no less than seven languages and did charity work for the mentally challenged, the sick and the homeless. Though she was a Muslim, she also was part of a Christian congregation and believed that most of the differences between Christians and Muslims were superficial.
The hospital staff told her family that their daughter was brain dead, they were shown through videos what condition she was in and how she was being cared for by the hospital staff. They’d ask the staff to stroke Sanaz's hair, or kiss her forehead; they would pray and cry and talk to her in Farsi. It was a touching and precious time; the hospital staff and Sanaz’ family became one bigger family.
The family eventually said goodbye to Sanaz over the internet.
Marquette General Hospital asked one of their resident doctors, a Muslim, to wash and shroud Sanaz's body according to Islamic custom and even got her buried according to the Islamic customs-even making sure the head of the casket was facing the Islamic holy site of Mecca and the proper were prayers recited even if in English.
Late Brenda Schmitz’ Christmas Gift For Her Loved Ones
It’s almost like she came back from the dead. A month before she died from ovarian cancer, Brenda gave her friend a letter asking her to deliver it to the local radio station that has been making people’s Christmas wishes come true for the past two decades.
There was a condition though; the letter could only be given to the station once David had found a new love.
Her friend did her duty this year and the station, KSTZ "Star" 102.5 FM, with the help of sponsors made sure all her wishes were granted.
"I have a wish for David and the boys and the woman and her family if she has kids also," she wrote."I want them to know I love them very much and they always feel safe in a world of pain."
Station officials told David Schmitz that they were granting a Christmas Wish for him. But he has no idea about Brenda's letter until he was in the studio and on air.
The first wish was for David's new partner in life, "She deserves it," Brenda had written."Being a step-mother to all those boys, and especially giving little Max a mother's love that only she can give. Make her smile and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me."
"Thank you. I love you, whoever you are," she wrote.
Her second wish was for her former husband, their four sons, Jane and her two kids: "For the family: a magical trip," she said. "Somewhere where they all can enjoy their company and companionship as a family and create those memories that will be with them forever."
Her final wish was for the cancer nurses and doctors that had treated her: "A night out full of drinks, food and fun for all they do every day for the cancer patients they encounter."
Now that’s one Christmas made magical.
Pensioner With A Heart Of Gold
This man, with a heart of gold, doesn’t want his name to be made public, but he is one gem of a person that the Carrick Dog Shelter didn’t want to keep secret any longer.
For the past six years, he has been saving every bit of his pension that he can and donating that to the Shelter in the form of food for the rescue dogs homed there.
‘This lovely gentleman (name withheld) arrives up to the shelter every Christmas with a gift of food for all our dogs. He has done this for many years and saves up his pension money to be able to do this. He hasn’t rescued a dog from us, he hasn’t rehomed a dog from the pound – but he loves dogs. A State pension doesn’t provide much but this gent puts a little aside each week so that he can make this donation – heroes come in many forms, but this one is definitely worth sharing.’
Amazingly, after the Facebook post thanking the kind old man went viral, the pet food brand Lidl recognised their own brand of dog food in the photo and offered Carrick some extra goodies for the dogs and a €500 Lidl voucher for the very kind pensioner.
Now isn’t that simply amazing?