Soap Star Kimberlin Brown Saves Dying Baby
January 20, 2006
Soap fans knew Kimberlin Brown as the evil Sheila on
"The Young and the Restless," but in real
life, the actress is a hero.
Brown helped save the life of a dying baby. In a relatively
painless procedure, she donated her matching bone marrow
to a 14-month-old girl she doesn't know who was born
"It's just something that needed to be done,"
she said simply.
Kimberlin was already on the bone marrow registry after
donating blood for a neighbor, but she wasn't a match.
This time, however, she was a perfect match.
Kimberlin confided to "Extra" that the baby
reminded her of her own two children. "This is
why I did what I did," she admitted. "Without
little faces like this to look at every day, I can't
imagine a family having to lose that."
The veteran daytime star said she'll never forget the
magical moment she learned the baby was going to survive.
"That's when it hit me," Brown said. "Is
there anything more important that you can do in your
life before you leave this world than to save someone
Kimberlin said she sent the baby a blanket, along with
a letter from a mother's heart. "I told her every
time you wrap this blanket around you, those are my
arms giving you a big hug, hoping you get well,"
Today, Kimberlin's friends and former co-stars are hailing
her as a life-saver and are praising her act as a "very
selfless wonderful gift."