Mom Killed Saving Son Lives On Through Organ Donation

NORTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Three weeks ago a young mother lost her life while trying to cross a busy highway in North St. Paul. But she is living on through in others through organ donation.

Alicia Galdick, 23, was hit by a car while pushing her son’s stroller across Highway 36. She was a single mother who had been going to school to become a nurse.

Her 2-year-old son Michael was also injured in the accident, but thanks to his mother, he survived.

“She loved coming here. The Sunday before the accident they were fishing, his first time, catching fish,” said Laura De Mulling, Alicia’s mom.

Laura remembers taking her daughter Alicia to Silver Lake Park when Alicia was just a kid. Years later she watched as Alicia would bring her own son to the same park.

“Their smiles are identical. He’s got her same kind of quirky sense of humor. I see that a lot in him. His eyes are hers,” said Laura.

But family trips to the park will never be the same. After being injured in the accident, Michael spent four days in a medically-induced coma, but survived.

Now Laura wants to be sure Michael remembers his mother.

“As hard as losing her was that understanding her wishes made it a little bit easier,” Laura said.

Alicia was a 23-year-old organ donor. After the accident, she was kept on life support for three days so her organs could be given to someone else.

She died that Sunday morning with her family close by. Five of her organs, including her heart, now live on in other people.

Alicia was an avid volunteer, always looking to give back. It’s one of many traits Laura is hoping Michael learned from his mother during their short time together.

“Whenever you spoke to her she always ended every conversation with ‘I love you.’ Which was a tremendous gift because I talked to her the day she passed and she said ‘Bye mom, I love you.’ So at least I got to hear that one more time,” said Laura.

She said Michael is living with her now and she is hoping to legally adopt him. Laura said her daughter had also volunteered at a battered women’s shelter and at a local food shelf, and had recently received a degree to become a certified nursing assistant.

Laura said she is hoping to one day meet the people who received Alicia’s organs.

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  1. Tonya says:

    What a lovely story. I wish all the luck in the world to Laura and to Michael.

  2. MARY JANE says:

    OH MY GOD, THAT IS SO COOL. I JUST CANT IMAGINE A CHILD WITHOUT HIS MOM, NOW. BUT YOU LAURA, ARE ONE SPECIAL, SPECIAL PERSON. I HOPE THE ANGELS UP IN HEAVEN, HELP YOU THRU SOME OF THE HARDER DAYS. YOU ARE SO SPECIAL.

  3. Kim says:

    I’m glad she and her family chose to donate. My husband wouldn’t be around today if he hadn’t rcvd a donated live 6 years ago. Of course I’m biased, but he is a wonderful person and a productive member of society because of the donation.
    It is hard losing a family member, no matter what the cause.

  4. mis-titled says:

    what did she do exactly that saved her sons life? The story doesn’t cover what the title says…

  5. markH says:

    I read several accounts suggesting the woman (the hero in this story) was actually intoxicated at the time of the accident.

  6. Jylesa says:

    Alicia was one of my good friends…on the day in question, she wasnt the least bit intoxicated. It was just a freak accident.

  7. Vanessa says:

    Even if that were true, and it may or may not be, does that make what she did any less important? She donated her organs and now at least 6 people were able to live. The family should receive sympathy at this time, and the last thing they need is your judgement. Keep it to yourself.

  8. christy says:

    I am very close to alicia’s family and was close with her to. This was a tragic accident that has caused alot of suffering, pain, loss and grief that consumes someone. Alicia saved lives by donating her organs, which is a great gift to give to people u dont know but its very difficult on families. This story was about her gift she gave with the loss of her life. Why do people have to bring up unfounded rumors surronding the accident. Its hurtful to her loved ones and very distaste ful. Imangine ur self in her families place. Would u want someone taking a beautiful story and ruining it by bring up unfounded rumors?

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