Organs of young shooting victim may have aided Boston girl

Father hopes to meet recipient and her family

“We’re proud parents once again of our daughter, who has done another amazing thing,” said John Dallas Green. “We’re proud parents once again of our daughter, who has done another amazing thing,” said John Dallas Green.
By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / January 16, 2011

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The legacy of Christina Green, the youngest victim of the Tucson shootings, will endure through helping another child, according to her father, who said some of her organs were donated to a young girl in Boston.

“That really lifted our spirits,’’ John Dallas Green said in a phone interview yesterday from his Tucson home. “We’re proud parents once again of our daughter, who has done another amazing thing.’’

Christina was one of six people killed during the Jan. 8 shooting outside a supermarket in Tucson during an event held by US Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords, who was shot in the head, was among 13 people injured.

Green, 47, said he did not know who had received the organs or any other details about the donation.

“Don’t know the back story about how this little girl was helped or saved or what organs were used,’’ he said. “We got a phone call that it had occurred.’’

Green, the son of former Major League pitcher, manager, and executive Dallas Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He said his family comes to Massachusetts every year to watch prospects play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, and he hopes they can meet the local family.

The donation could not be confirmed yesterday with local medical authorities, who declined to comment.

Michelle Marcella, spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital, referred questions to the New England Organ Bank. Sean Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the New England Organ Bank, said that “ due to patient confidentiality, I can’t say anything in regards to this reported ‘organ donation.’ ’’

A spokeswoman from Children’s Hospital Boston said the hospital cannot comment on donor cases, citing privacy concerns.

A spokesman for Donor Network of Arizona did not return calls seeking comment yesterday.

The Arizona Republic reported Friday that Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, who gave the homily at Christina’s funeral Thursday, told the congregation that her organs had been donated. The paper also reported that a family friend said the organ donation had saved the life of a child on the East Coast. CNN reported Green’s remarks about the donation Friday.

Christina was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and was featured in a book about babies born on 9/11. The third-grader had just been elected to the student council and had been interested in politics from a young age, which is why she went to see Giffords speak to constituents.

Green said his family would love to meet the little girl Christina helped.

“We would love to meet her and her family,’’ he said. “I don’t know if that’s something that they wish to do, but I know I talked about it with my wife and my son, and if there’s a day that would be appropriate, we would love to meet them.’’

As for what he wants to say to them: “We hope their little one is OK. ‘Take good care of her.’ We hope our daughter’s gift really helps them.’’

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Liz Kowalczyk of the Globe staff contributed to this report. John M. Guilfoil can be reached at