A Jackson mother is taking a deep breath. Perhaps swallowing hard. And with every step her heart likely pounds harder with anticipation.
"I felt it in my heart that Jamison was in here," said Catherine Lighter.
She was about to meet three recipients of her son's organs. Twenty-one year old Jamison White died in a car wreck last December 3.
Catherine has been in contact with the recipients, but she's never met them face to face.
"Y'all have become my family," said Catherine to the recipients the first time she saw them. "And don't ever, ever let me go. I did it for my baby. I want y'all to be there for me."
Ronald McKinley is alive with Jamison's heart in his chest.
"I wake up and look at the picture you sent me every morning," McKinley told Catherine, as tears rolled down his face. "I look at it before I go to bed every night."
Paul Davis no longer has diabetes because of Jamison's gifts, a kidney and pancreas.
"We had talked on the phone and on Facebook but seeing them in person is very different," Davis said.
And Charles Stevens lives with Jamison's liver.
"It's hard to put into words," said Stevens. "Like I said, it was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be."
Amid the tears, of pain and joy, this donor mom can't stop giving. She gives each of the recipients a T-shirt in one of Jamison's favorite colors. And pictures of their new family members.
"I want to see my baby again through somebody else, and I know my baby is a living legend," Catherine said.
She proceeds to introduce McKinley, Davis and Stevens to the rest of her family.
"These are my children. My oldest daughter, my oldest son, and Jamison was the baby."
Catherine has found light when her world was dark. She moves on, embracing the life Jamison has shared with others. But a mother's love for a child will never die.
"It's been eight months now, and my baby's been gone," said Catherine. "I go to the graveyard every day and I'm washing his tombstone off. I want him clean."
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