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Family Offers Forgiveness While Honoring Memory of Stewartville Woman

Family Offers Forgiveness While Honoring Memory of Stewartville Woman

November 06, 2018 12:05 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The family of Kari Koens gathered inside Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus in Rochester Tuesday morning to honor her memory and show the power of faith and forgiveness.
 
Kari, 47, of Stewartville, was crossing Second Street Southwest in Rochester Friday morning when she was hit by a car. Doctors told the family over the weekend that her injuries weren’t compatible with life, and the family chose to donate her organs. Recipients were found for Kari's liver, both kidneys and one of her lungs.
 
Friends and family sang as she was wheeled to the elevator Monday morning, and according to her sister-in-law, “The elevator doors closed, and off she went to save lives.”
 
Dozens of people Tuesday gathered in the Saint Marys lobby, near the front entrance flagpole, which was flying a Donate Life flag. While Kari's family doesn't know who will receive her organs, Kari's brother Kendall says, "Kari enjoyed showing love in many different ways..." 
 
As for the driver who hit Kari, her brother had this to say: "To the driver of the car, we know Friday was the worst day of her life, too. If any of you know her, let her know we extend grace to her and we know it wasn't on purpose and we forgive her and God loves her.”
 
The full story, including an amazing moment of beauty, dignity, and grace from family and hospital staff, tonight on ABC 6 News.

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