Ryan Shaw’s strong faith and his mother’s ability to transcend her grief sparked two events that Carol McCloud calls “miracles.” First, new lives for four strangers who received transplants thanks to her late son, and second, a deep and inspiring bond between two people of different religions.
Not long after her son’s passing six years ago, McCloud, a devout Catholic, wrote to Shaw’s four transplant recipients. A few months later, on Christmas Eve, she received a letter from his liver recipient, Abdul-Kareem Salahuddin, a Muslim grateful for his second chance at life. The two now have a friendship that embraces their differences and honors Shaw’s selfless legacy.
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