See touching moment between heart donor’s mother, organ recipient

Lynnwood native Jeff Siddiqui and Sam Schumacher’s family finally had a chance to meet, years after an organ donation helped save a life.

BELLEVUE, Wash. – When 22-year-old Sam Schumacher died in a motorcycle accident in Redmond three years ago, his mother never imagined what would come next.

“Being an organ donor and his decision to do so bought a lot of us extra time,” said Corrie Schumacher, Sam’s mother. “Sam was just a light in a lot of people’s lives.”

Schumacher was an organ donor – his lung, kidney and liver all went to other recipients, although his heart is with Jafar “Jeff” Siddiqui of Lynnwood.

“I registered as a donor when I was 24 and I always thought, ‘Hey, if people can be helped with my organs, why not? I never thought I would be on the recipient’s side. Life has a lot of very interesting twists and turns,” Siddiqui said.

Siddiqui and Sam’s family were supposed to meet years ago, but the pandemic has pushed that moment back to today. LifeCenter Northwest, a non-profit organization, held a celebration honoring the legacy of organ donors and their families.

The process can be very impactful whether you are the donor’s family or the recipient.

“It was very, very hard to believe that my life depended on someone else’s life not happening,” Siddiqui said.

The life saving transplant was a success and today Jeff Siddiqui is healthy. Schumacher’s mother came prepared with a stethoscope and took the opportunity to hear her son’s heartbeat again.

“It’s just incredible to hear that and to hear Sam,” said Schumacher. “It’s good for a mom’s heart to know my son was able to give this gift.” See touching moment between heart donor’s mother, organ recipient

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