A 64-Year-Old Woman Vows To Finish The Bucket List Of The Young Organ Donor Whose Death Saved Her

Susan Vieira vows not to waste the second chance on life a 21-year-old nursing student's tragic death was able to give her.

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Kristina Chesterman was a 21-year-old nursing student attending California State University. She was hit by a drunk driver a block from her home in Chico, Calif., on September and pronounced brain dead. Kristina was an organ donor.

The same September when Kristina lost her life, Bay Area resident Susan Vieira got a call. She was in congestive heart failure and had been on the transplant list since July. She never thought they'd find a donor.

After she was released from the hospital, Susan began searching for the Chestermans. She found them on Facebook, and last week met with Kristina's mother, Sandra, for the first time.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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