Hollywood actress Sharon Stone has revealed that her 11-month-old nephew and godson, River Stone, continues to live through three people who have received his organs following his untimely death in August.
In an interview with the People, the actress said that the lives of two infants and one 45-year-old man were saved when the family decided to donate River's organs. Stone also said that the opportunity to become an organ donor saved three people and their family, who was left devastated by the baby's death.
"Many people have many different thoughts about this," Stone said. "But in the end, it gave us some peace."
The family did not say which of River's organs were donated, but the baby died from sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS complications.
Total Organ Failure
Before River's death, Stone posted a plea on her social media account to pray for a miracle while he was intubated at the hospital. The celebrity aunt said River had total organ failure after the baby was found unconscious in his crib.
River is the son of Stone's brother, Patrick, with his wife, Tasha. He was supposed to turn a year old on September 8. According to the Mayo Clinic, SIDS, also known as crib death, happens due to a combination of causes, including the baby's sleep environment and other physical factors. Male infants are more vulnerable to the risks of SIDS, especially if they have been born prematurely.
Stone said that they learned more about SIDS during River's hospitalization, and as it became more apparent that his life could not be saved, the family then opened up to the idea of organ donation after discussing it with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE). She urged her followers on Instagram to consider becoming an organ donor as well because "you never, never know when a tragedy will happen in your life." River's father also said that their son had become a hero despite his short life.
The Stones has been gripped with other family tragedies months before losing River. In 2020, Eileen Mitzman, the actress' "adopted grandmother," died from COVID-19. Stone's sister, Kelly, with her husband, Bruce, also contracted the virus and fought for their lives to make a full recovery.
In 2020, the actress shared to her Instagram followers that her mother, Dorothy, had two heart attacks within five months, while her sister-in-law, Tasha, needed medical treatments that kept her away from her husband and kids for some time.
Sharon Stone's Children
Meanwhile, Stone has no biological children despite trying for a baby with her ex-husband Phil Bronstein. She revealed that she has a condition linked to lupus, making it impossible for her to bear kids. After two miscarriages, Stone adopted three boys -- Roan Joseph, 20, Laird Vonne, 15, and Quinn Kell, 14.
Stone, who is a single parent, said that it's her sons who complete her life. She acknowledged that motherhood didn't come easy for her, but she's lucky to have embraced three boys who still live with her in the same house she has owned for nearly three decades.
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