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Organ Donor
Age 2 ~ Fontana, CA
Date of Donation: 4/15/02

Honored by UCLA Health System

Perlita Carrillo Celis was a happy, beautiful two-year-old girl. She was a wonderful big sister and always had a contagious smile. On April 15, 2002, Perlita suffered a brain hemorrhage that left her unconscious.

“The doctors explained to us what happened, but the pain and sadness made it difficult to understand at the time,” said Perlita’s mother, Perla. “Then, a representative from OneLegacy came to us and helped us understand the loss of my child. She made our decision a little easier at a very difficult time of our lives.”

Perlita donated organs to two adults and one child. “I haven’t had the chance to meet them, but I do hope that one day I will,” said Perla. “Since then, I have become an ambassador with OneLegacy. Volunteering at OneLegacy has helped me to cope with my grief and to become a stronger person.”