The legacy of Christina Green, the youngest victim of the Tucson shootings, will endure through helping another child, according to her father who said some of her organs were donated to a young girl in Boston.
‘‘That really lifted our spirits,’’ said John Dallas Green, in a phone interview from his Tucson home. ‘‘We’re proud parents once again of our daughter who has done another amazing thing in this lifetime.’’
Christina was one of six people killed during the Jan. 8 shooting at a supermarket in Tucson during an event held by US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords, who was shot in the head and seriously wounded, was among 14 people injured.
Green, 47, said he did not know who had received the organs or any other details about the donation.
‘‘Don’t know the back story about how this little girl was helped or saved or what organs were used,’’ he said. ‘‘We got a phone call that it had occurred.’’
Green, the son of former major-league pitcher Dallas Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He said his family comes to Massachusetts every year to watch prospects play in the Cape Cod Baseball League and he hopes they can meet the local family.
The donation could not be confirmed with local medical authorities, who declined to comment.
Michelle Marcella, spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital, referred questions to the New England Organ Bank. Sean Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the New England Organ Bank, said ‘’due to patient confidentiality I can’t say anything in regards to this reported ‘organ donation’.’’
A spokeswoman from Children's Hospital Boston said the hospital cannot comment on donor cases, citing privacy concerns.
A spokesman for Donor Network of Arizona did not return calls seeking
The Arizona Republic reported Friday that Bishop Gerald Kicanas,of Tucson, who gave a homily at Christina’s funeral Thursday, told the congregation her organs had been donated and that a family friend also said the Greenes’ organ donation had saved an East Coast child’s life. CNN reported Green’s remarks about the donation Friday.
Christina was born Sept. 11, 2001, and was featured in a book about babies born on 9/11. The third-grader had just been elected to the student council and had been interested in politics from a young age, which is why she went to see Giffords speak to constituents that day.
Green said his family would love to meet the little girl Christina helped.
‘‘We would love to meet her and her family,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t know if that’s something that they wish to do, but I know I talked about it with my wife and my son, and if there’s a day that would be appropriate, we would love to meet them.’’
As for what he wants to say to them:
‘‘We hope their little one is OK. ‘Take good care of her.’ We hope our daughter’s gift really helps them.’’
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report. Liz
Kowalczyk of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. John M. Guilfoil
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