Boca Raton teen who died wanted to donate kidney

Posted at 10:03 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 22:03:19-04

The parents of Boca Raton teenager who died over the weekend are opening up about the world of pain they now face. Their oldest daughter died over the weekend after she was found unresponsive in a hot tub in suburban a Boca Raton community. 

Lindsey Madore's death has affected so many students and teachers at Olympic Heights Community High School. She was a senior and was getting ready to apply to colleges, a right of passage many teens look forward to, but Lindsey was anticipating turning 18 for other reasons. 

"She was a wonderful person," said Blanca Madore, Lindsey's mother. 

Lindsey planned to apply to FAU in Boca Raton to be close to her mother who suffers from FSGS, a syndrome that causes kidney failure.

"My condition has slowly deteriorated. One morning she got up and said Mom, do you think that I am a match for you?" said Madore. 

Lindsey was indeed a perfect match, but the doctors wanted to wait till she was 18 to prepare for the surgery. She never got to blow out those birthday candles. 

"I called her, to talk with her, 'Goodnight baby I love you, we had a video chat and I told her I'll see you at 11 o’clock in the morning at church,' said Madore as she recalled the last conversation she had with her daughter. 

The teen was staying at a friend's house. The next morning the girls got up early to enjoy the hot tub before Lindsey would leave. Madore was told her daughter likely had a seizure while she was in it. 

"I kept asking are you sure she’s dead," cried Madore as she described her shock at the hospital. 

Madore says Lindsey was never diagnosed with epilepsy but had a history of epileptic activity. She would have seizures in her sleep, but for six months she had been seizure-free. The thought of listing Lindsey as an organ donor didn't even cross her mind at the hospital. 

"I don't think I would have been able to do it this way," said Madore.

She and her husband still can't believe their little girl is gone.

"Did I hug her enough, did I kiss her enough, did I tell her that I loved her enough?" cried Madore. 

"We had 18 wonderful years with her, there's a lot of memories out of that, but there's a lot we missed too," said Robert Madore, Lindsey's father.

Lindsey would have turned 18 on October 5t. She had two younger siblings, a sister and a brother.

Blanca Madore is waiting for a kidney transplant. She has dialysis procedures three times a week. The family has set up a Go Fund Me page in Lindsey's memory for anyone who wishes to help with funeral expenses. 

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