Maui girl’s organs help
3 people live

Star-Bulletin staff

WAILUKU >> The organs of a 7-year-old Maui girl, who died after being buried alive in sand while playing at a beach, have been donated to a teenager in Los Angeles and two Hawaii adults, according to the Organ Donor Center of Hawaii.

"We are grateful to the family for thinking of others during their terrible loss," said Center executive director Robyn Kaufman said.

"One donor can help so many people."

Kaufman said the donation from the family of Zaney Ann Kalama-Baker benefited a teenager who needed a liver transplant and two Hawaii adults who required kidney transplants.

"I understand they're doing well, and they've gone home," Kaufman said.

Zaney, daughter of Daniel Baker Jr. and Nicole Kalama-Baker, was crawling in a sand tunnel when it collapsed at Hamoa Beach on April 27 after a wave washed over it.

Kaufman said more than 300 Hawaii people are waiting for organ transplants.

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