Organ Recipient Meets Donor Family In Denison - - No One Gets You Closer

Organ Recipient Meets Donor Family In Denison


DENISON, TX -- It's been two years since a family lost a teenager in a hit and run accident, and on Saturday they had a barbeque with a special guest -- a woman whose life was saved by one of her organs.

The donor says that the pancreas from a hit-and-run victim  helped save her life. She'd also previously had a heart transplant, but even afterward, she still had serious health problems.

Organ recipient Cindy Scinto, 52, a New York native, says she believes she caught some type of bacteria during an outdoors trip to a river near her new home in Spokane, Wash.

Two years ago, former B. McDaniel Middle School student Jocelyn Roberts, 13, died along with a 4-year-old boy when a car hit them while they were crossing the street in Mount Pleasant, Tex.

Family members gathered with Scinto at Waterloo Lake. "We're celebrating Jocelyn today and I know that this family has been hurting and in so much pain and yet they've taken me in," says Scinto.

"I've talked to her several times over the phone and just seeing her in person, I'm glad to put a face with the voice," says victim's mother Monica Morris.

Scinto says there are health privacy concerns, but if both the organ donor's family and the recipient express interest, then it becomes possible for them to meet, and Scinto came to Denison this week.

She has also met her heart donor family, and says she is even working on a movie script. After the barbeque, Scinto was set to speak at Greater Coffey Memorial Church on West Texas Street.