Grieving Mother Donates Son's Organs After Twins Drown In Sitter's Pool


Thursday, July 26th 2018, 9:36 am
By: News 9


A Tennessee mother is thinking of others even as she suffers unimaginable grief. 

Her twin toddlers drowned at an in-home daycare. 

Elyssa and Elijah who would have turned two in August were staying with a babysitter. The babysitter told authorities that another child arrived at her home around 10 a.m. on Friday and she then noticed the twins weren't in the room.

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According to deputies, she began looking for the twins and found them in the deep end of the home's swimming pool. They were rushed by ambulance to a local hospital where Elyssa was pronounced dead and Elijah was placed on life support, according to authorities. 

Two days later, on Sunday, Elijah also passed away, police said. 

Amelia Wieand, the mother of twins, decided to donate her son's organs, according to a Facebook post. She said, "I will never understand this, and I'm not sure how to live with this pain. But to prevent another family from suffering this immeasurable pain, today Eli became a superhero. His organs are currently on their way to save several other children's lives."

Elyssa and Elijah's are under investigation by local law enforcement. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. As of Thursday it had raised more than $36,000 of its $50,000 goal.