Lebanese teacher gives others life after tragic death
A young Lebanese teacher who requested that her organs be donated upon her death has tragically died on Sunday in an accidental shooting, but her final wish will be fulfilled giving life to those in need.
Sarah Suleiman was killed by a stray bullet outside the Blue Bar nightclub after a gunman opened fire at people in the early hours of Sunday, following a verbal altercation that erupted due to a traffic incident.
But just a few years earlier, the 24-year-old left a moving letter detailing instructions of what to do in the case of her untimely death.
"There will come a day when my body will lay on a white bed in a hospital scented with the smell of life and death," she began.
"When that time comes, do not attempt to inject an artificial soul into my body nor use machines. Do not call this the 'death bed' for it can instead be the 'bed of life'; take from my body so that others may be blessed with a more complete life," she wrote.
"Take my eyes for those that have never seen the sun rise, or a baby's face or love in the eyes of his woman. Take my heart for those that have only felt pain. Give my blood to a teenager who was torn from the wreckage of his car so that he may live and see his grandchildren. Gift my liver for those that depend on a machine to live day to day.
"Take my bones and every muscle in me to discover a means that may cure a paralysed child. Explore every corner of my brain and take each cell if necessary and let it grow - maybe someday it will help a dumb boy scream and a deaf girl hear the sounds of raindrops on her window.
"Burn what is left of me and if there is anything left to bury, then bury it and return me to my Lord. And if you wish to remember me, then remember my good deeds and kind words. Should you complete my wishes, then know that I shall remain alive forever," she concludes.
Suleiman's words, which were originally posted on her
Facebook account a few years ago, re-emerged after her accidental death on Sunday, with many praising the teacher for her heroic and selfless act.
"In life, our happiness is as short as a blink of an eye and separation is as long as en entire lifetime. You were an angel more worthy than us, your place is in heaven. May God have mercy on your soul"
"Sarah died a victim of stray bullet but lives on through the organs she donated to five people in need. May her soul rest in peace."