Calling for a Christmas miracle: Elba mother searches for her son’s organ recipients from 25 years ago


ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — 25 years ago, 12-year-old Adam Wadail tragically died after suffering from a medical condition.

It was at that time, his parents made the unimaginably tough decision to donate his organs. Ultimately, Adam saved the lives of six people. However, since that time, his mother, Melanie Bledsoe, has wondered what those people are like and whether they would be willing to meet.

“Three years ago I did another interview for TV,” Bledsoe told WDHN. “We got no response.”

This year, Bledsoe hopes that will change.

“I know for sure the heart was flown to Missouri and that’s where that was done,” Bledsoe said. “The liver was taken to Birmingham. As far as the other, the two corneas and the kidneys, I don’t know where. I have no clue.”

Bledsoe says the recipients may have been notified anytime between late December 19, 1995 through the 21st. Although Adam was admitted to the then-called Southeast Alabama Medical Center, the families he touched could have been anywhere.

“I tell you what, as hard as that Christmas was for us in 1995, I would love to know what their Christmas was like that year,” Bledsoe said. “It had to be wonderful. Even though they were probably going through I’m sure pain, from the transplant, that had to be their Christmas miracle too.”

Although Bledsoe has never heard from her son’s recipients, she’s never been told they don’t want to talk. That being said, she and her daughter want Adam’s recipients to know there’s no reason to feel guilty or afraid to reach out.

“I’ve heard other people say that they sometime don’t want to reach out because they feel guilty because they got to live but my son didn’t,” Bledsoe explained. “But that’s not the way that we look at it. Adam’s fine. He’s whole again, he’s in heaven and the thing that would actually help us to heal is just to to meet them in person, but if not in person, a letter or FaceTime, or maybe just a correspondence from a close friend or relative. I just want to know something about them.”

If you think you are one of Adam’s recipients or if you might know one of them, you can contact Bledsoe via Facebook, call WDHN at 793-1818 or reach out to Legacy of Hope, previously called the Alabama Organ Center.

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