IOWA PARK, TX (KAUZ) - Two families came together Saturday in Iowa Park for a very special meeting. The family of 11-year-old Jared Macias met with a woman who received one of his kidneys.
Macias died after a driver in a pickup truck hit a horse Macias was riding on in July 2013. Saturday, the Macias family met the recipient, Linda Moore, for the first time.
"It's hard to put words into it. This is something that I looked at other videos and I've seen it before and I've cried and it's just happiness. It's just sheer joy. It's a connection and it's spiritual, it's emotional. It's, it's just a blessing," Jessica Mohan, Jared's sister said.
The two families shared a lot of tears, hugs and emotions that afternoon.
"It's very good to meet them and everything and part of Jared is still walking on earth," Les Macias, Jared's father said.
"It's tears of happiness not sadness, but just a lot of joy," Beth Macias, Jared's mother said.
In December of 2012 Linda was told her kidneys were failing. On July 5th, 2013 she received a call saying she was put on the donor list. Doctors told her during that call that they would speak to her in four or five years.
But just three days later she would get a call saying she had a donor she matched at 87-percent. The very next morning she had her surgery.
"Everything was happening pretty fast and it was just amazing to me and I feel like it was a miracle that that God had given me and I think he's taken a very bad tragedy and then saved lives," Linda Moore said.
While the Macias family mourns the loss of such a young vibrant boy, they said they have gained an extended family.
"They're good people, real nice and hopefully she'll live a long long long life," Les Macias said.
"I feel blessed to know this family is going to be a part of my family now and I'm going to be a part of theirs," Moore said.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6