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In death, Horn Lake girl gives gift of life

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HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - April is National Donate Life month, and for one Horn Lake family, the tragic loss of their daughter in 2008 has made it possible for a Georgia man to receive the gift of life.

October 5, 2007 was a difficult and emotional day for the McCulloch family. It was the day their 19-year old daughter Megan was killed.

She was thrown from a horse while riding at the Lazy W. saddle club.

It was also the birthday of Cheryl McCulloch, Megan's mother.

"They were riding double," Cheryl said. "She lost her balance, slipped, and started going down, and her head slammed the light pole and it killed her instantly."

McCulloch said Megan was always full of life, kept a smile on her face, and she never met a stranger. Megan also promised to give to others in need if something ever happened to her. Little did they know how true that would be.

"Ever since she was 15-years-old she said that she was gonna be an organ donor," Cheryl said. "Anything they can use - no need to take them to heaven with her."

Enter Floyd Jackson of Lafayette, GA who was in need of a new liver. Thanks to Megan, he now has a second chance at life. The McCulloch's met Jackson and his wife this past weekend. McCulloch says this was meant to happen.

"His nickname is 'Smiley,' hers was 'smiley.' Her favorite color was lime green, his is lime green," Cheryl said. "Her favorite food was pigs in a blanket, his is pigs in a blanket.  It's like they were meant to be."

While the loss is still difficult, McCulloch says Megan is still with her.

"Megan's still living," she said. "She's not gone. She's still living."

For more information on organ donation, click here.

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