The tragic death of an Iranian woman in a remote area of Michigan has bonded two cultures over thousands of miles and led to a rare donation of eight life-saving organs.
Sanaz (SAH'-na) Nezami died on Dec. 9, just a few weeks after arriving in Houghton, Mich., to pursue an advanced degree in engineering. Marquette General Hospital found her family in Iran and communicated with relatives through video on a laptop.
The 27-year-old Nezami was unconscious, but her family could see her as well as the tender care given by nurses.
The family allowed Nezami's major organs to be transplanted to others. Sara Nezami says her sister "gave her life in order to give life."
Nezami's husband is charged with her death. His attorney declined to comment.