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Organ recipient aims to complete student’s bucket list

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When 21-year old nursing student Kristina Chesterman from Livermore, a town in the San Francisco Bay Area, was killed by an alleged drunk driver just a block from her home in Chico, Calif. she left a bucket list of milestones and experiences she hoped to achieve. Ever since Susan Vieria, the 64-year old woman who received Kristina’s donated heart, found out about the bucket list, she’s been on a mission to live the life Kristina dreamed of.

Chesterman is living on; both through her friends, who are memorializing such goals as flying first class and skydiving, and through the recipients of Kristina’s organs. In addition to giving Susan Vieria a heart, Chesterman saved the life a baby boy with her liver, and donated a kidney to a family friend. In fact, Chesterman’s organs have saved the lives of at least five people. This means 64-year old Susan Vieria and her 21-year old heart have some big dreams to fulfill.

Chesterman’s bucket list includes running through a field of poppies, flying a hot air balloon, and riding a camel.

Riley Dean Hoover, 20, the driver charged with killing Chesterman, is currently awaiting trial. Considering Hoover is charged with felony driving under the influence, inflicting great bodily injury causing coma, leaving the scene of a crime, transporting marijuana for sale, manufacturing concentrated cannabis, and two felony counts of money laundering, his bucket lists are going right out the window.

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Beth Spotswood

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