Hanover woman’s organs save 3 terminally ill patients

Hanover woman’s organs save 3 terminally ill patients
Molly Caoilainn Sullivan-Cameron, 21, succumbed to her injuries at a Boston hospital Tuesday. (Courtesy of Donald Cameron)

BOSTON — A young woman from Hanover who was killed in a car crash is being remember as a hero for giving three other people a chance to live.

Molly Sullivan-Cameron’s car collided with a tree December 29 on Route 3 in Duxbury. She was flown to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where she succumbed to her injuries days later.

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Molly was an organ donor and her living legacy has been a literal lifesaver for three terminally ill patients who have received her organs. She helped a man in his mid-60s with her liver, a man in his early 30s with one of her kidneys and her other kidney went to a teenage boy, New England Donor Services told her family.

“We prayed for a miracle and we came to discover she was the miracle,” Kathy Sullivan, Molly’s mother, said. “She will help so many others live."

Molly is also set to help many others with her gifts of tissue, which include heart valves, as well as bone grafts and veins. In the coming weeks, she’ll hopefully help one or two people see if her corneas are a match.

Last year in New England, there were more donors and more transplants than ever before, New England Donor Services spokesman Sean Fitzgerald told Boston 25 News.

“This is the result of amazing families such as Molly’s and an incredibly dedicated team of staff from New England Donor Services,” Fitzgerald said.

In 2019, there were 413 organ donors resulting in 1,249 organs transplanted. Right now, there are 5,794 patients listed for transplants in New England.

Moved by Molly’s selflessness, her family has launched a social awareness campaign to highlight organ donation, especially to teenagers and young adults.

Molly’s family is also raising money to start a scholarship in her name at Hanover High School for young woman participating in sports. She was an avid athlete who played ice hockey for the combined Hanover-Cohasset high school hockey team. She was also a goalie for the Hanover field hockey team, which went to the state finals against Watertown in 2016.

Donations in Molly’s memory may be made to the ‘Molly Caoilainn Sullivan Cameron Educational and Social Awareness Fund’ at any Rockland Trust bank, on Facebook or GoFundMe. To date, more than $15,000 has been raised.

Molly’s wake will be held Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sullivan Funeral Home on Washington Street in Hanover. A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Hanover. Burial will follow at Hanover Center Cemetery.