My Mother’s Heart – A Donor Network West Mini Documentary

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(San Ramon, CA) May 11, 2018 – In anticipation of Mother’s Day, Donor Network West proudly presents the mini documentary “My Mother’s Heart”, the story of a mother’s selfless act to bring life into this world and her daughter’s search for answers.

In 1984, Betsy Sneith became the first heart recipient to give birth; she died five months after. Three decades later, her daughter began a journey to learn more about the mother she never knew.

A message on social media led her daughter, Sierra Jamieson Grande, to Lloyd LaCuesta, a retired journalist 2,600 miles away who had interviewed Betsy before and after her transplant. This is a story of a mother’s love and the miracle of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Donor Network West serves 175 hospitals and more than 13 million people within 100,000 square miles in northern California and Nevada. The organization works in close partnership with families, doctors, nurses, more than 500 funeral homes and 44 coroners and medical examiners to connect donors to recipients.

One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others. Anyone can register as a donor at or at the DMV.

About Donor Network West
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation. The organization was established in 1987, and is an official Donate Life organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Federally designated to serve 40 counties in northern California and Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries. For information, visit and follow us on social media: @mydnwest