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W.Va. fire victim's organs gave life to 3 others

November 5, 2013
Associated Press

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — The father of one of four children killed in a West Virginia house fire says his daughter's donated organs are keeping three transplant patients alive, so she continues to bring joy to other families.

Dmitriy Bolgar said during a Monday night vigil in Elkins that 11-year-old Katie Bolgar's liver went to a 1-year-old girl. Her kidneys went to two other people. All are doing well.

Bolgar is from northern Virginia.

Media outlets say hundreds paid their respects to Katie Bolgar, 29-year-old Alan Chamberlain and his three children, 4-year-old Isabella Chamberlain and 2-year-old twins Brienna and Alanna Chamberlain. They died in the Oct. 28 fire in Elkins.

The children's mother and uncle — 34-year-old Jennifer Chamberlain and her brother, Jeff Hyde — remain at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.



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