Granger Smiths 3-årige søn døde på tragisk vis: Nu har han reddet to liv

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Det er enhver forælders værste mareridt at måtte begrave sit eget barn. Det var dog dét, countystjernen Granger Smith og resten af familien måtte gennemleve, da de på tragisk vis mistede deres 3-årige søn og bror River Kelly. 

Den lille dreng døde i en drukneulykke i familiens private pool i deres fælles hjem i Texas. 

Nu er der midlertidigt et lille lys i mørket for familien. I lørdags skrev Granger Smiths kone nemlig på sin Instagram, at deres søns organer havde hjulpet med at redde to menneskers liv. 

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Amber og Granger Smith mistede på tragisk vis deres tre-årige søn. Nu har sønnens organer reddet to liv (foto: MEGA)

Og på trods af, at det var en forfærdeligt beslutning - og en beslutning Amber aldrig troede, hun skulle træffe på vegne af sit barn - så er hun taknemmelig for, at River har været med til at redde to liv. 

"Vi fik et brev om, at vores lille rødhårede helt havde reddet livet på for voksne. En 49-årige dame og en 53-årige mand. Jeg græd, da jeg åbnede det. Græd af sorg og græd af kærlighed. Jeg er så stolt af at være Rivers mor, og jeg er så taknemmelig for, at Gud gav ham til os, og for de fantastiske tre år", skriver hun i opslaget. 

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I’ve always known I wanted to be a donor if anything were to ever happen to me. I just felt that if I had viable organs, why would I go into the ground with them? My spirit would be in Heaven, so why not save a life if I could? Never in a million years did I think I would be making that decision for my baby. When 3 different neuro specialists told us that River had 0% chance of brain recovery (yes 0, not 10 or 1%, 0) after shock and reality set in, I thought, how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help others? His body is perfect, his organs are perfect, we had to do something. There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives. The doctors said donation was quite a process. We would have to search for viable recipients and it could take days. We knew River’s spirit was in Heaven, but we couldn’t bear to watch his tiny, earthly body be pumped full of all the medicines for 3 or more more days while they searched. They tried to expedite the process so our family could be in peace, told us they would take him back to operate the next morning, but we wouldn’t know what organs could be used until after. With such a small body, organs had to be measured physically, not just by X-ray. I spent the night laying in bed with him, crying and talking to him while they kept running tests and taking blood. The next morning family and staff lined the hall for the “walk of honor”. We told them River liked to go fast, so to honor him, they pushed him down that hall faster than they had ever pushed anyone. Granger and I held each other and cried. We got the letter that our tiny, red-headed hero gave life to 2 adults. A 49 year old woman and a 53 year old man. I cried when we opened it. Cried out of sadness & cried out of love. I’m so proud to be River’s mama and I’m so grateful to God that he gave him to us for those incredible 3 years. I pray these 2 recipients live healthy, joy filled, full throttle lives just like Riv. It was one of the hardest, yet easiest, decisions we’ve ever made. There are over 113,000 people waiting for transplants & 20 people die each day waiting. Go to OrganDonor.gov to see how you can help give life as well.

Et opslag delt af Amber Smith (@amberemilysmith) den

Derudover ønske Amber manden og kvinden, som hendes lille søn har reddet, alt muligt held og lykke med deres liv i fremtiden. 

"Jeg ønsker disse to modtagere et sundt, glædefyldt liv - og et liv med fart på - akkurat som lille Riv. Det var den sværeste, men alligevel nemmeste beslutning, jeg nogensinde har taget", skriver hun. 

Derudover opfordrer hun andre til at blive organdonorer, så endnu flere liv i fremtiden kan blive reddet. 

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